Jonathan Baumbach

Biography

Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 5, 1933. Married Annette Grant (fourth wife) on Dec. 18, 2004. Former wives: Naomi Miller, Elinor Berkman, Georgia Brown. Children: David, Nina, Noah and Nico. A.B (English) Brooklyn College, MFA (Playwriting) Columbia University, Ph.D (English and American Lit), Stanford University. Fellowships include Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Arts, Merrill. Invented in 1973 (with Peter Spielberg) Fiction Collective, the first fiction writers cooperative in America; reinvented in 1988 as FC2. An unintentionally well-kept secret among contemporary American novelists. Author of 14 books of fiction, including YOU, On The Way To My Fatherís Funeral: New and Selected Stories, B, a novel, D-Tours, Separate Hours, Chez Charlotte and Emily, The Life and Times of Major Fiction, Reruns, Babble and A Man to Conjure With. Over 90 stories published in such places as Esquire, American Review, Tri Quarterly, Partisan Review, Zoetrope, Antaeus, Iowa Review, Open City and Boulevard. Anthologized in such places as Best American Short Stories, Byrnes Book of Great Pool Stories, All Our Secret Are the Same, O.Henry Prize Stories, Full Court: a Literary Anthology of Basketball, The Best of TriQuarterly, On The Couch: Great American Stories about Therapy. Author of The Landscape of Nightmare: Studies in Contemporary American Fiction. Film Critic for Partisan Review; two time Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics.

Selected Works

Fiction
BABBLE (1976)
"BABBLE is the further adventures of the only infant hero in American Literature." --Esquire
RERUNS (1974), Fiction Collective
"RERUNS is about that place -- no small terrain -- where cinema, dream and memory meet, and no other novel has mapped it as well."
B, a novel (2002)
"The novel that takes his initial offers 14 ways of looking at Baumbachís writer-protagonist, 14 narrative variations on the distorting mirror."
ON THE WAY TO MY FATHERíS FUNERAL: New and Selected Stories
Robert Coover writes: ďHe is an exceptional writer... I can think of few authors who can deliver an entire set of stories of such class as these."
novel
YOU or The Invention of Memory"
Narrator remembers or imagines or invents the story of a variable relationship with a woman known only as You.

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