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. His work has won numerous awards, including the Nation Book Award for The Corrections. In 2010, he was named a “Great American Novelist” by Time Magazine. 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. Franzen lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.