Written by Others… Jonathan Franzen

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The “Written by Others” tab of On World Literature features interviews with and essays on (and by) some of the leading writers of the day.

This edition of Written by Others features an essay by John Self on the divisive novelist Jonathan Franzen. Here, Self tries to understand what lies behind such a reaction to the novelist.

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“How Jonathan Franzen became America’s most divisive novelist”

by John Self (30 Sep 2021)

“Sometimes it seems like there are two people called Jonathan Franzen: the successful, acclaimed novelist, and his evil twin. This can be the only explanation for why he polarises otherwise like-minded people – that gentle subset of humanity we call readers – in a way that even Donald Trump or Meghan Markle can’t. As his new novel Crossroads is published, the battle is on once more.”

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