Reif Larsen

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Reif Larsen
Born1980 (age 38–39)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Alma materMilton Academy

Brown University

Columbia University
Notable worksThe Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Reif Larsen (born 1980) is an American author, known for The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, for which Vanity Fair claimed Larsen received just under a million dollars as an advance from Penguin Press following a bidding war between ten publishing houses.[1][2]


Larsen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both his parents were artists.[3] He graduated from Milton Academy in 1998 and then went on to Brown University and Columbia University. He holds an M.F.A in fiction. He has also made films in the United States, the United Kingdom and the sub-Saharan desert.[citation needed] He currently is living in New York.[citation needed]


Larsen's debut novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, was adapted into a 2013 film entitled The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.[4]

Larsen has cited Mark Danielewski, W.G. Sebald and Gabriel García Márquez as influences.


Larsen's work incorporates illustrations, diagrams, and footnotes within the text.[5]



  1. ^ Peretz, Evgenia (May 2009), "Reif Larsen's Map Quest", Vanity Fair, retrieved 11 July 2009
  2. ^ Witt, Emily (June 30, 2011). "Reif Larsen Might Yet Earn Out His Giant Advance". The New York Observer. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  3. ^ Filgate, Michele (1 June 2009). "An Interview with Reif Larsen". Bookslut. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver. "Helena Bonham-Carter And Kathy Bates Sign On To Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'The Young And Prodigious Spivet'". Indie Wire. Indie Wire. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  5. ^ Carolyn, Kellogg (15 March 2015). "Reif Larsen's 'I Am Radar' is wacky, worthwhile". Penguin Press. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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