Francine Prose is a prolific writer who, in addition to her novels, has published critically acclaimed short stories, translations, children’s books, collections of Jewish folktales, and essays that explore topics that range widely from art history and the power of writing to gluttony. Over the course of her career as a writer, Prose has published articles, stories, and book reviews in numerous magazines and journals as diverse as Hudson Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, People, Redbook, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Yale Review, and Art News, among others. She has written several novels for young adults, including After (2003) and Bullyville (2007), which deal with the pervasiveness of violence in American society and explore themes of power, authority, and security.
Prose has contributed to Oxford University Press’s series of books on the seven deadly sins with the satiric volume Gluttony (2003), and her books Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (2005) and The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired (2002) not only offer powerful insights into artists and their worlds but also provide moving meditations on the nature of art and on the little-explored role of women in the history of art. In Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (2006), Prose invites readers to explore with her the writings of Jane Austen, Marcel Proust, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, and others as a way of demonstrating that becoming a good writer requires being a close and observant reader. Prose’s nonfiction is marked by the same close observation of the world that characterizes her novels.