Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jonathan Franzen’s TIME

Today Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) joins an elite group of authors: he becomes one of a dozen novelists to grace the cover of TIME Magazine since Virginia Woolf made her cover appearance in 1937.

In a lengthy and informative piece, TIME’s Lev Grossman writes, “Franzen isn’t the richest or most famous living American novelist, but you could argue -- I would argue -- that he is the most ambitious and also one of the best. His third book, The Corrections, published in 2001, was the literary phenomenon of the decade. His fourth novel, Freedom, will arrive at the end of August. Like The Corrections, it’s the story of an American family, told with extraordinary power and richness.”

Grossman’s TIME piece about Franzen is here. January Magazine’s 2001 review of The Corrections is here.

The dozen authors to ever grace the cover of TIME:
  • Virginia Woolf (1937)
  • William Faulkner (1939)
  • Robert Frost (1950)
  • James Baldwin (1963)
  • John Updike (1968)
  • Norman Mailer (1973)
  • Alexander Solzhentisyn (1974)
  • John Le Carre (1977)
  • Michael Crighton (1995)
  • Toni Morrison (1998)
  • Stephen King (2000)
  • Jonathan Franzen (2010)


Anonymous Matthew Weaver said...

With Tom Wolfe you get a baker's dozen:

Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 2:55:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous susy said...

I have somewhere at home a cover with the English P. D. James. And I seem to remember others. Maybe you meant USA writers?

Friday, August 13, 2010 at 1:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

It's not a list of American writers. If you've seen a PD James cover, I'd love you to share it, but I'm pretty sure that is not the case. Perhaps another magazine?

Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 6:24:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Matthew said...

I shared the Tom Wolfe link.

Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 7:56:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're missing quite a few here. See this link:

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9:15:00 AM PDT  

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