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Nationality  American
Spouse  Heidi Julavits
Role  Author

Name  Ben Marcus
Genre  Short Story, Novel
Parents  Jane Marcus
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Alma mater  New York University; Brown University
Literary movement  Experimental literature; Postmodernist
Education  Brown University, New York University
Awards  Whiting Awards, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Books  The Flame Alphabet, Leaving the Sea: Stories, The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Father Costume
Similar People  Heidi Julavits, Jane Marcus, George Saunders, Gary Lutz, Sam Lipsyte

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Ben Marcus (born 1967) is the author of four books of fiction. His latest book, Leaving the Sea: Stories, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in January 2014.


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His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, The New York Times, GQ, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, and Conjunctions. He is also the fiction editor of The American Reader.

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Marcus grew up in Austin, the son of a retired mathematician and the literary critic and Virginia Woolf scholar Jane Marcus. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from New York University and an MFA from Brown University. His father is Jewish and his mother is of Irish Catholic background; Marcus had a Bar Mitzvah.

Marcus is a Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and he lives in New York City. He is married to the writer Heidi Julavits. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and the fiction editor at The American Reader. For several years he was the fiction editor of Fence.


Marcus' influences include Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Richard Yates, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Bernhard, Padgett Powell, J. M. Coetzee, Kōbō Abe, Gary Lutz, and George Saunders.

Awards and honours

  • 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award shortlist Leaving the Sea
  • 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, shortlist, The Flame Alphabet
  • 2013 Guggenheim Fellow
  • 2013 Berlin Prize Fellowship
  • 2009 Creative Capital Foundation grant for Innovative Literature
  • 2008 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1999 Whiting Award
  • 2000 National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in fiction, Creative writing
  • Pushcart Prize (three times)
  • Novels

  • Notable American Women (2002)
  • The Flame Alphabet (2012)
  • Other works

  • Text for the photography book by Kahn & Selesnick Scotlandfuturebog (2002). Aperture Foundation, New York City, ISBN 0-89381-935-2.
  • The Father Costume (2002), novella with art by Matthew Ritchie
  • The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004), editor
  • The Moors (2010)
  • The Age of Wire and String (1995), short stories
  • Leaving the Sea (2014), short stories
  • Essays

  • Chemical Seuss, from
  • Thomas Bernhard, from
  • On the Lyric Essay, from
  • Why experimental fiction threatens to destroy publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and life as we know it: A correction, a response to an essay by Mr. Franzen, from
  • Short fiction

  • "Elevation of the Prison Bed", The Barcelona Review, 1997
  • "The Dark Arts", The New Yorker, May 20, 2013
  • "The Loyalty Protocol", Granta 122: Betrayal, Winter 2013 (Subscription Required)
  • "The Grow Light Blues", The New Yorker, June 22, 2015
  • Tool, a short story written as a review of a woo
  • "Cold Little Bird", New Yorker, October 19, 2015
  • References

    Ben Marcus Wikipedia

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