Anna Quindlen: Quotes, Books, Columns, Bio, Articles – Author Interview (2012)

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Subscribe For more videos Anna Quindlen: Quotes, Books, Columns, Bio, Articles – Author Interview (2012) Anna Marie Quindlen (born July 8, 1953) is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a er for the New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times.

Quindlen left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist. In 1999, she joined Newsweek, writing a bi-weekly column until announcing her semi-retirement in the May 18, 2009 issue of the magazine. Quindlen is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life. Much of her personal writing centers on her mother who died at the age of 40 from ovarian cancer, when Quindlen was 19 years old.

She has written five best-selling novels, three of which have been made into movies. One True Thing was made into a feature film in 1998 for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Black and Blue and Blessings were made into television movies in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an Irish father and an Italian mother, Quindlen graduated in 1970 from South Brunswick High School in South Brunswick, New Jersey and then attended Barnard College from which she graduated in 1974. She is married to prominent New Jersey attorney Gerald Krovatin whom she met while in college.

Writing in The New Republic, critic Lee Siegel cited Quindlen as an example of the “monsters of empathy” who “self subjugate and domesticate and assimilate every distant tragedy.” He coined the term “The Quindlen Effect” to describe this phenomenon and suggested that it began with her Times column of December 13, 1992, in which Quindlen assailed the four alleged perpetrators of the Glen Ridge rape. “True to her niche,” Siegel wrote, “Quindlen attacked with scathing indignation actions that no sane Times reader would ever defend.”

In 2000, Villanova University invited Anna Quindlen to deliver the annual commencement address. But once the announcement was made, a group of conservative students staged a protest against Quindlen’s strong liberal views. The commencement was cancelled. Rather than retreat, however, she emailed the undelivered commencement address to a Villanova graduate student who had expressed disappointment at the situation. Years before the social web as we know it today, the speech spread like wildfire across the internet. A few months later, Quindlen expanded it into the book A Short Guide to a Happy Life.


Living Out Loud (1988)
Thinking Out Loud (1994)
How Reading Changed My Life (1998)
Homeless (1998)
A Short Guide to a Happy Life(2000) ISBN 978-0-375-50461-7 from part of a cancelled commencement address that was to be given at Villanova
Loud and Clear (2004)
Imagined London (2004)
Being Perfect (2005)
Good Dog. Stay. (2007)
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (2012)[4]


Object Lessons (1991)
One True Thing (1994)
Black and Blue (1998)
Blessings (2002)
Rise and Shine (2006)
Every Last One: A Novel (2010)
Still Life with Bread Crumbs (2013)

Children’s books

The Tree That Came To Stay (Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter) (1992)
Happily Ever After (Illustrated by James Stevenson) (1997)

New table pictorials

Naked Babies (Photographs by Nick Kelsh) (1996)
Siblings (Photographs by Nick Kelsh) (1998)


1999 commencement speech, Mount Holyoke College
2000 commencement speech, Villanova University
2002 commencement speech, Sarah Lawrence College
2006 commencement speech, Colby College
2008 commencement speech, Kenyon College
2009 commencement speech, Wesleyan University
2011 commencement speech, Grinnell College

Industry awards

1992 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
2001 Mothers At Home Media Award
2001 Clarion Award for Best Regular Opinion Column in a magazine
2002 Clarion Award for Best Opinion Column from the Association for Women in Communications

Honorary degrees

Dartmouth College
Denison University
Grinnell College, May 2011
Kenyon College, May 2008
Moravian College
Mount Holyoke College
Smith College
Stevens Institute of Technology
Nantucket High School
Penn State
Villanova University
Wesleyan University[1]

Other awards from universities

University Medal of Excellence from Columbia
Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale
Victoria Fellow in Contemporary Issues at Rutgers
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary Doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University (Aug.18 2007)

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