Jonathan Dee

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Jonathan Dee
Dee at the 2014
Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1962-05-19) 19 May 1962 (age 55)
New York City
Occupation Writer
Nationality American

Jonathan Dee (born May 19, 1962) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. His fifth novel, The Privileges, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Early life[edit]

Dee was born in New York City.[citation needed] He graduated from Yale University,[1] where he studied fiction writing with John Hersey.[citation needed]


Dee's first job out of college was at The Paris Review,[1] as an Associate Editor and personal assistant to George Plimpton. Early in his tenure with Plimpton, Dee helped pull off the popular April Fool's joke about Sidd Finch, a fictitious baseball pitcher Plimpton wrote about for Sports Illustrated.[citation needed]

Dee has published seven novels, including The Lover of History, The Liberty Campaign, St. Famous, Palladio, The Privileges, A Thousand Pardons, and, most recently, The Locals. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and contributor to Harper's. He taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University[2] and The New School,[3] and is a currently a professor in the graduate writing program at Syracuse University.[4]

Dee collaborated on the oral biography of Plimpton, "George, Being George", published by Random House in 2008. He interviewed Hersey[5] and co-interviewed Grace Paley for The Paris Review's The Art of Fiction series.[6]

Awards and fellowships[edit]

Dee was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2010 for criticism in Harper's. He has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts[7] and the Guggenheim Foundation.[8] His 2010 novel, The Privileges, won the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald prize and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He was the second winner of the St. Francis College Literary Prize.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Syracuse, New York, with the writer Dana Spiotta. [9]


  • The Lover of History (1990) (Houghton Mifflin)
  • The Liberty Campaign (1993) (Pocket Books)
  • St. Famous (1996) (Doubleday)
  • Palladio (2002) (Doubleday)
  • The Privileges (2010) (Random House)
  • A Thousand Pardons (2013) (Random House)
  • The Locals (2017) (Random House)


  1. ^ a b Ed. (June 12, 2009). "Up Front: Jonathan Dee". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Columbia University MFA Faculty Archived March 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Faculty". The New School. Archived March 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Jonathan Dee". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  5. ^ Dee, Jonathan. "John Hersey, The Art of Fiction No. 92". The Paris Review. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  6. ^ Dee, Jonathan; Jones, Barbara; MacFarquhar Larissa. "Grace Paley, The Art of Fiction No. 131". The Paris Review.
  7. ^ National Endowment for the Arts Website
  8. ^ “Eight Columbia Artists and Scholars Receive Guggenheim Fellowships” Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ [1]. The New York Times Magazine.

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