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Jonathan Franzen
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    (August 17, 1959- )
    Born in Western Springs, Illinois
    Author of the novels 'The Twenty-Seventh City,' 'Strong Motion,' 'The Corrections' and 'Freedom'
    Also published 'How to Be Alone,' a collection of essays, and 'The Discomfort Zone,' a memoir
    Writer for The New Yorker
    When 'The Corrections' was named to Oprah Winfrey's book club in 2001, he expressed discomfort, as he intended that book to be read by men.
    He has said he did not feel like an adult until he was about 50.
    There was some controversy when 'Freedom' came out by female writers who were jealous over the attention male writers got over them.
    Thousands of copies of 'Freedom' had to be recalled in the U.K. due to typesetting errors.
    He has been divorced.
    'The Corrections,' which told the story of the troubles of a family over a course of several decades, garnered many honors, including a National Book Award in 2001.
    He eventually made up with Oprah, appearing on her show in 2010.
    With the pictured Time Magazine cover, he became the first living American author to have his picture on the cover since Stephen King a decade earlier. He was also among that magazine's 'People Who Mattered' for 2010.
    He, along with other writers, wrote rules to writing fiction in an edition of The Guardian.
    He overcame a large amount of fears and unpopularity growing up to become a renowned writer.

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