Ruth Franklin

Ruth Franklin is associate literary editor at the New Republic.

Eaten Alive: Stefan Zweig

Ruth Franklin, 3 April 2003

On 15 August 1941, Stefan Zweig and his wife set sail for Brazil, where they planned to settle after seven years of exile in England and America. At first he seems to have found the change of scene rejuvenating: he continued work on a biography of Balzac, started a new novel and a critical study of Montaigne, and finished his autobiography, The World of Yesterday, which starts in the late...

Halfway to Siberia: Theodor Fontane

Ruth Franklin, 13 December 2001

‘In the middle of the 1870s,’ Theodor Fontane’s novel Delusions, Confusions begins, ‘just at the crossing of the Kurfürstendamm and the Kurfürstenstrasse, diagonally across from the “Zoological”, could still be found a large vegetable garden, stretching a distance away from the street.’ By the early 1880s, when Fontane began to write his...

It doesn’t tie any shoes: Shirley Jackson

Madeleine Schwartz, 5 January 2017

‘I don’t think​ I like reality very much,’ Shirley Jackson used to say in her lectures on writing. It was an idea she returned to often. ‘Just being a writer of...

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