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Nicole Krauss

Great House

W.W. Norton & Co.

2011 Fiction

Great House
Nicole Krauss’ fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories. She is best known for her novel, The History of Love (2005), which won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was short-listed for the Orange, Medicis, and Femina prizes. Great House (W.W. Norton, 2010), her third novel, was a finalist for a National Book Award for Fiction, short-listed for the Orange Prize, and featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. Last year, she was named among the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers to watch.

Krauss was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to an English mother and an American father. Her maternal grandparents were born in Germany and Ukraine, and later immigrated to London. Her paternal grandparents were born in Hungary and Belarus, met in Israel, and came later to New York. Many of these places play important roles in her work.

Krauss attended Stanford University, where she worked closely with Joseph Brodsky and won several undergraduate prizes for poetry as well as the Dean’s Award for academic achievement. In 1996, she was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and was accepted in the graduate program at Oxford University. During the second year of her scholarship, she attended the Courtauld Institute in London, where she earned a master’s degree in art history.

Man Walks into a Room (2002), The History of Love, and Great House have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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Blog Posts about Nicole Krauss

Anisfield-Wolf Authors Protest "Muslim Ban" In An Open Letter To President Trump

Sixty-six writers and artists – including seven Anisfield-Wolf recipients and two jury members – wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump asking him to desist from broadly banning travel to the United States by people from seven predominately Muslim countries. The letter, sponsored by PEN America, is timed to influence the president before he issues a second version of his original, sweeping travel ban, which is now stayed by the U.S. District Court of Appeals. “Preventing international artists from contributing to American... Read More →

#WritersOnTrump Push Back On Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee

Five winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book award in fiction are standing up to publicly, “as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”They join Anisfield-Wolf juror Rita Dove and more than 400 writers who list eight reasons to decry Trump’s candidacy, published as an open letter on LitHub.The novelists include this year’s winner Mary Morris (The Jazz Palace), as well as Junot Diaz (The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman... Read More →

On Writing: Nicole Krauss And The Magic Of Literature

It's always a question of whether the story will come when a writer sits down to begin a work and for Nicole Krauss, it's always a mystery. In an interview with Interview magazine, she talks about her strengths as a writer:  Part of the work of writing a novel is to uncover these symmetries or connections that make it whole, which might not reveal itself at first. I have a very strong sense of architecture in my novels. But, yes, at first it's sometimes like it's like building a doorknob before you have a door, and a door before you have... Read More →

VIDEO: What Draws Nicole Krauss To The Keyboard

"I have to care so much about something if I'm going to sit and write about for a couple of years. There's enough books in the world already, there's no reason to make another one. Unless there's a feeling that's incredibly pressing. That's the reason why you write." Nicole Krauss sits down in this brief interview with the Sundance Channel to discuss what commonalities exist between her characters and why she, and other writers, feels the pull to write. Read More →

Get To Know...Nicole Krauss

Each week, we’ll be helping you to get to know our winners better (what a great bunch they are) and highlighting the best of their work, interviews and essays. This week we'll be focusing on Nicole Krauss, 2011 winner for fiction.  Even some of the most celebrated writers of our time struggle with doubt from time to time. How do they know if their work will resonate with readers? Do they aim for writing an award-winning book each time they sit in front of the keyboard or do they just wish for an authentic voice or story to guide them to... Read More →

6 Quotes From Your Favorite Authors

Ernest J. Gaines ‎Because it is more appealing to hear from the authors themselves, we've rounded up some of the best quotes we've heard this year (even if they're a bit older) from some of our distinguished Anisfield-Wolf Award winners. Enjoy!  "I want you to show them the difference between what they think you are and what you can be." — Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying ‎"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough." — Toni Morrison ‎"Art, after... Read More →

VIDEO: 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Winner Nicole Krauss On Writing: "I Do Think Of A Novel As A House"

2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award winner Nicole Krauss, honored for her 2010 novel Great House, was selected as one of 12 honorees of USA Network's Character Approved award. Here she speaks in this short clip about her approach to writing and how she doesn't view it as simply putting words to paper, but rather, it's more like architecture. Read More →

Ronn Richard 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Remarks

(Left to Right) David Eltis and David Richardson, authors of “Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns” Nicole Krauss, author of “Great House” Mary Helen Stefaniak, author of “The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia” John Edgar Wideman, winner of Lifetime Achievement Award Essence Cain, poet “In the Flower Market” (front) Good evening. I’m Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the 76th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see a full house for our opening night here in Playhouse Square.We will always think back upon our years at the Cleveland Play House with nostalgia. But the change in venue didn’t slow demand for almost 1,000 tickets, most of which were snapped up the first week. That’s a testament to the respect this prize commands – and... Read More →

76th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize Winners Announced

CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 12, 2011) – The Cleveland Foundation today announced the winners of the 76th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards www.Anisfield-Wolf.org They are: Nicole Krauss, Great House, Fiction Mary Helen Stefaniak, The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, Fiction David Eltis/David Richardson, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Nonfiction Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns, Nonfiction John Edgar Wideman, Lifetime Achievement “The 2011 Anisfield-Wolf winners are notable for the unique way each author addresses the... Read More →
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