Biography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
Francine Prose is a versatile and increasingly powerful voice on the American scene. She manages a successful and varied career as novelist, journalist, editor, and teacher. The daughter of Philip and Jesse Prose, both physicians, she graduated from Radcliffe College with a B.A. in 1968 and did graduate work at Harvard University. Since then she has written many books and contributed articles and reviews to most of the major American magazines and newspapers. She has also taught creative writing at Harvard and served on the faculty of the University of Arizona at Tucson, Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In 1976, she married sculptor Howard Michels; they had two sons.
Prose went through college without any idea of earning a living and applied to graduate school directly after graduation. It was not a successful experience, and she wrote her first novel, Judah the Pious, as a possible way to make some money. Religious tolerance is its theme, and the writing moves easily between the real and the imaginary, the rational and supernatural. It is similar to traditional European fairy tales and creates a fantastic world that sets the tone of much of Prose’s early work. The book won a Jewish Book Council Award in 1973, the first of Prose’s many awards.
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Biography (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
Francine Prose was born on April 1, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of two doctors. She received her B.A. degree in English from Radcliffe College in 1968 and an M.A. degree in English from Harvard University in 1969. She taught creative writing at the University of Arizona in 1971-1972. She has been a visiting lecturer in fiction and a faculty member in M.F.A. programs at schools such as Warren Wilson College and Sarah Lawrence College, and was an instructor at the Breadloaf Writers Conference in 1984. She married artist Howard Michels in 1976.
Prose is a professional journalist as well as a fiction writer. She has written articles and reviews for many American magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Harper’s, Redbook, and The Atlantic. She is currently an editor at Doubletake magazine. She has two sons and lives in New York City and upstate New York.
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Biography (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
Francine Prose began reading when she was four years old and never stopped. She has told numerous interviewers that the only reason she wanted to become a writer was that she was such an avid reader and that she could not imagine any other career. Born on April 1, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, to two physicians, Philip Prose and Jessie Rubin Prose, the young Francine grew up listening to her father discuss medical cases with his colleagues. She learned the knack of narrative storytelling from these sessions, and she also learned how to be closely observant of details from her parents. In addition, she developed her keen ear and eye by paying close attention to the lives of her family’s neighbors and to the larger social world in which she grew up.
Prose graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1968 from Radcliffe College. In 1969, she entered an M.A. program at Harvard, but she soon grew tired of the claustrophobic atmosphere there. In 1971, she left the program to travel for almost a year in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, where she read the classic novels of authors from Fyodor Dostoevski to Marcel Proust. During that year, she scrapped the autobiographical novel on which she had been working and started writing what would become her first published novel, Judah the Pious. After that novel appeared, her career as a writer was launched, and she never looked back, producing a new book almost every three years and also...
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