Ruth Franklin is a book critic and a contributing editor at the New Republic. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was published by Oxford University Press last year to glowing reviews in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. The Atlantic called the book "a towering work of criticism and insight." Tablet magazine recently named her "one of our most important critics under forty." She is currently working on a biography of the American writer Shirley Jackson, to be published by Norton in 2016.
Ms. Franklin has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Slate, Granta, the Jewish Review of Books, and Salmagundi, to which she contributes a regular film column. Last year she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Reviewing. She is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in biography and the 2012 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. She is a member of the 2012-2013 class of Cullman Fellows at the New York Public Library.
Ms. Franklin received a B.A. in English literature from Columbia University and an M.A. in comparative literature from Harvard. She has delivered lectures at numerous colleges and universities, including Columbia, New York University, Brandeis, Colgate, and Goucher. She has been a resident at Yaddo and a guest at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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