Nicole Krauss at the 2011 Miami Book Fair International
August 18, 1974|
Manhattan, New York City, United States
|Occupation||Novelist and short story writer|
|Education||Stanford University; Oxford University; Courtauld Institute|
Man Walks Into a Room (2002)|
The History of Love (2005)
Great House (2010)
Forest Dark (2017)
Jonathan Safran Foer
(m. 2004; div. 2014)
Nicole Krauss (born August 18, 1974) is an American author best known for her four novels Man Walks Into a Room (2002), The History of Love (2005), Great House (2010) and Forest Dark (2017). Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and Granta's Best American Novelists Under 40, and has been collected in Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best American Short Stories 2008. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages. In 2010, she was selected as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers to watch. In 2011, Nicole Krauss won an award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards for Great House.
Krauss, who grew up on Long Island, was born in Manhattan, New York City to a British Jewish mother and an American Jewish father, an engineer and orthopedic surgeon who grew up partly in Israel. Krauss's maternal grandparents were born in Germany and Ukraine and later immigrated to London. Her paternal grandparents were born in Hungary and Slonim, Belarus, met in Israel, and later immigrated to New York. Many of these places are central to Krauss's 2005 novel, The History of Love, and the book is dedicated to her grandparents.
Krauss enrolled in Stanford University in 1992, and that fall she met Joseph Brodsky who worked closely with her on her poetry over the next three years. He also introduced her to the work of writers such as Italo Calvino and Zbigniew Herbert. In 1999, three years after Brodsky died, Krauss produced a documentary about his work for BBC Radio 3. She traveled to St. Petersburg where she stood in the "room and a half" where he grew up, made famous by his essay of that title. Krauss majored in English and graduated with honors, winning several undergraduate prizes for her poetry as well as the Dean's Award for academic achievement. She also curated a reading series with Fiona Maazel at the Russian Samovar, a restaurant in New York City co-founded by Roman Kaplan, Brodsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
In 1996 Krauss was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and enrolled in a master's program at Oxford University where she wrote a thesis on the American artist Joseph Cornell. During the second year of her scholarship she attended the Courtauld Institute in London, where she received a master's in art history, specializing in 17th-century Dutch art and writing a thesis on Rembrandt.
In 2002, Krauss published her acclaimed first novel, Man Walks Into a Room. A meditation on memory and personal history, solitude and intimacy, the novel won praise from Susan Sontag and was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award. The movie rights to the novel were optioned by Richard Gere.
Her second novel, The History of Love, was first published as an excerpt in The New Yorker in 2004. The novel, published in the United States by W.W. Norton, weaves together the stories of Leo Gursky, an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor from Slonim, the young Alma Singer who is coping with the death of her father, and the story of a lost manuscript also called The History of Love. A film of the book, directed by Radu Mihăileanu, was released in 2016.
Her third novel, Great House, connects the stories of four characters to a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. It was named a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction and was short-listed for the Orange Prize 2011 and also won an Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards in 2011.
In 2015 it was reported that she had signed a $4 million deal with Harper Collins to publish her next two works: a novel, and also a book of short stories entitled How to Be a Man. The novel, which was originally to be called Late Wonder, is entitled Forest Dark and was published in 2017.
- Krauss, Nicole (2002). Man Walks Into a Room. Doubleday. ISBN 9781407413365. OCLC 809413112.
- — (2005). The History of Love: a novel. W. W. Norton. ISBN 9780241973639. OCLC 919894482.
- — (2010). Great House. W. W. Norton. ISBN 9780393079982. OCLC 965579634.
- — (2017). Forest Dark. HarperCollins. ISBN 9781443408684. OCLC 1003643528.
|Title||Year||First published||Reprinted/collected in|
|Future emergencies||2002||Esquire (November 2002)||Kennison, Katrina; Mosley, Walter, eds. (2003). The Best American Short Stories 2003. Houghtin Mifflin.|
|The last words on Earth||2004||The New Yorker (February 9, 2004)|
|My painter||2007||Granta 97 (Spring 2007)|
|From the desk of Daniel Varsky||2007||Harper's (June 2007)||Pitlor, Heidi; Rushdie, Salman, eds. (2008). The Best American Short Stories 2008. Houghtin Mifflin.|
|The young painters||2010||The New Yorker 86/18 (June 28, 2010)|
|An arrangement of light||2012||An arrangement of light. San Francisco: Byliner. 2012. ISBN 9781614520405.|
|Zusya on the roof||2013||The New Yorker 88/46 (February 4, 2013)|
|I Am Asleep but My Heart Is Awake||2013||The New Republic (December 2013)|
|Seeing Ershadi||2018||The New Yorker (March 5, 2018)|
Essays and reporting
- Krauss, Nicole (Winter 2003). "Philip Guston : the first painter after the last" (PDF). Modern Painters: 86–91. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- — (April 18, 2005). "My summer in Poland". Are We There Yet?. The New Yorker. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- — (2011). "Preface". In Hemon, Aleksandar. Best European Fiction 2012. Dalkey Archive Press. ISBN 9781564786807.
- — (March 24, 2011). "Writer's block: the end of bookstores". The New Republic. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
|Date||Review article||Work(s) reviewed|
|1999||Krauss, Nicole (November 7, 1999). "Future Tense". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 16, 2017.||Brodsky, Joseph (1995). Discovery. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.|
|2011||Krauss, Nicole (September 29, 2011). "Antwerp by Roberto Bolaño – review". The Guardian. Retrieved January 28, 2015.||Bolaño, Robert (2010). Antwerp. New York: New Directions Publishing. ISBN 0811217175.|
- Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards winner, 2011
- Orange Prize shortlist, 2011
- National Book Award finalist, 2010
- William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, 2008
- Granta's Best American Novelists under 40, 2007
- Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize) (France), 2006
- Medicis Prize shortlist (France), 2006
- Femina Prize shortlist (France), 2006
- Orange Prize shortlist (U.K.), 2006
- Edward Lewis Wallant Award, 2005
- Named "Best and Brightest" writer by Esquire, 2002
Notes and references
- Jennifer L. Knox (June 21, 2010). "20 Under 40: Q. & A. Nicole Krauss". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
- "Private Passions: Nicole Krauss". BBC Radio 3, BBC website. March 27, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- "Nicole Krauss: Great House". 2011 Fiction. Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
- Gaby Wood (May 15, 2005). "Have a heart". The Observer. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Ann Marsh (September–October 2005). "The Emergence of Nicole Krauss". Stanford Magazine (Stanford Alumni Association). Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- Rachel Cooke (February 13, 2011). "Nicole Krauss: 'I take great pleasure in thinking'". The Observer. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
- Hannah Brown (May 14, 2010). "The history of Nicole Krauss". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
- Jessica Teisch (Nov–Dec 2010). "Nicole Krauss". Bookmarks Magazine (49). Retrieved April 28, 2011.
- Bryan Cheyette (March 11, 2011). "Great House By Nicole Krauss". The Independent. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
- "A conversation with Nicole Krauss". Bold Type. Random House. May 2002. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
- Boris Katchka (May 21, 2005). "Bio Hazards". New York. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
- Nicole Krauss (November 7, 1999). "Future Tense". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
- Leon Neyfakh (December 20, 2007). "Farrar, Straus and Giroux To Host Monthly Reading Series at Russian Samovar". New York Observer. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
Joy Press (May 21, 2002). Living in Oblivion,Village Voice, Retrieved May 14, 2011. "Krauss is a fluent, thoughtful writer who takes on a lot of complex ideas and rarely loses her grip on them... Man Walks Into a Room is a chilling addition to the annals of amnesia lit. It's a novel that grapples with the ephemeral experience of being human and the realization that we create a lifetime of memories that vanish when we do".
- Gillian Flynn (August 2, 2002). "Man Walks Into a Room". Entertainment Weekly. ew.com. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- Elsa Keslassy (March 2, 2016). "Wild Bunch Sends Radu Mihaileanu's 'The History of Love' Across the World". Variety.com. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
- Lisa Nesselson (September 27, 2016). "'The History Of Love': Review". Screendaily. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
- "Nicole Krauss: Holtzbrinck Distinguished Visitor, Class of Spring 2007". American Academy in Berlin. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- "Orange prize 2011 shortlist – in pictures". The Guardian. April 12, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
- Leah Finnegan (March 27, 2015). "Nicole Krauss Gets $4 Million for a Book Called How to Be a Man". TKTK. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
- "Forest Dark: Kirkus Review". Kirkus Reviews. June 20, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- Annabel Fenwick Elliott (June 18, 2014). "Extremely quiet and incredibly amicable: Literary power couple Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss SPLIT following a secret year-long separation". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
- JTA (June 19, 2014). "Authors Foer, Krauss have been separated for a year". Times of Israel. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
- Kasia Mychajlowycz (June 15, 2012). "Nicole Krauss at Luminato 2012". The Toronto Review of Books. Retrieved August 22, 2012. Krauss introduced and read this novella at Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity
- Jason Diamond (January 6, 2014). "'The New Republic' is Back in the Short Story Publishing Business". Vol.1 Brooklyn. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- Krauss, Nicole. Seeing Ershadi, The New Yorker (March 5, 2018)
- "Nicole Krauss: By the Book", The New York Times, September 7, 2017
- "Nicole Krauss – 'It's limiting to describe myself as a Jewish writer'", interview with Anne Joseph in The Jewish Chronicle, September 7, 2017
- "We create who we are. An interview with Nicole Krauss", video interview by Marc-Christoph Wagner on Louisiana Channel, 2012
- "Q&A With Nicole Krauss, Author of Great House and The History of Love", interview with Elana Estrin in Huffington Post, September 15, 2011
- Alexandra Schwartz: "Empty Rooms: On Nicole Krauss", in The Nation, January 31, 2011
- "Author Nicole Krauss discusses her latest book Great House: A Novel", interview by Charlie Rose, video: December 7, 2010
- Jennie Rothenburg Gritz: "Nicole Krauss on Fame, Loss, and Writing About Holocaust Survivors", in The Atlantic, October 21, 2010
- "Critically acclaimed young novelist Nicole Krauss shares her latest work, Great House", interview by Charlie Rose, video: October 12, 2010
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