Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

December 2014

Bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic

Anna Quindlen’s award-winning writing has covered a breadth and depth of topics rivaled by few others. Known for being able to astutely discuss the personal and the political, she paints a compelling picture of modern-day life for her readers.

Quindlen started her journalism career at the young age of 18 as a copy girl. She went on to work as a reporter at The New York Post. In 1977, she was hired by The New York Times. There, she worked her way up The Times’ masthead. At The Times, Quindlen authored the “About New York” column, served as deputy Metropolitan editor, and created the column, “Life in the 30’s.” And, she became the third woman to write for The New York Times’ high-profile Op-Ed page in 1990. She also authored Newsweek‘s influential “Last Word” column for 10 years.

Quindlen has won many awards and honors throughout her distinguished career. She was named one of the top “100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States of the Last 100 Years.” In 1992, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her nationally syndicated column “Public and Private.” And the Child Welfare League of America established “The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families” in her honor.

In addition to her journalism career, Quindlen has written many notable books, both fiction and non-fiction, including twelve New York Times Best Sellers. Her novel One True Thing was made into a feature film staring Meryl Streep. A Short Guide to A Happy Life, her endearing instruction manual on how to live well, has sold over one million copies.

She is a native of Philadelphia, married to Gerald Krovatin, and the mother of three children.

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