Literary Arts

Jonathan Franzen

City Arts & Lectures

Jonathan Franzen is an American novelist and essayist. Since his debut novel, The Twenty-Seventh City in 1988, he has been writing brilliantly about the unraveling of the American Dream in its many permutations. In his novels The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, Franzen tackles difficult subjects and complex characters, in a style marked by his Midwest upbringing and his unique brand of social criticism. Franzen is also the author of five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. In his forthcoming essay collection, The End of the End of the Earth, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes--both human and literary--that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen.

This is what SF/Arts curator Betsy Crabtree had to say about Jonathan Franzen :

Author Jonathan Franzen is onstage Nov. 27 at the Nourse Theatre. Perhaps best known for his novel “The Corrections,” Franzen is described as “writing brilliantly about the unraveling American Dream in its many permutations.” In his newest essay collection, “The End of the End of the Earth,” the title essay covers “climate change, humanity, thinking, writing, birds.”

Event Info
Nov 27
Tue at 7:30 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater)
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
Info: (415) 392-4400
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