Francine Prose (born April 1, 1947, Brooklyn, New York) is an American writer. Since March 2007 she has been the president of PEN American Center. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968 and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991.
She sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman's Own Award. Her novel, Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
She is a Visiting Professor of Literature at Bard College. One of her novels, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical with the same title by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the fall of 2007.
1988 Women and Children First Pantheon (ISBN 0-394-56573-8)
1997 Guided Tours of Hell Metropolitan (ISBN 0-8050-4861-8)
1998 The Peaceable Kingdom Farrar Straus & Giroux (ISBN 0-06-075404-4)
2005 Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-008075-2)
2002 The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-019672-6)
2003 Gluttony Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-515699-4) (second in the Seven Deadly Sins series)
2003 Sicilian Odyssey National Geographic (ISBN 0-7922-6535-1)
2005 Caravaggio : Painter of Miracles Eminent Lives (ISBN 0-06-057560-3)
2006 Reading Like a Writer HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-077704-4)
2009 Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-143079-X)
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife
Francine Prose's 2009 non-fiction work is a critique of the "Diary of Anne Frank", taking a decidedly literary approach. It not only discusses the history of the world famous diary, but also Anne Frank's literary style, and her reason for writing the diary.
April 17, 2005 "'The Peabody Sisters': Reflected Glory": The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, by Megan Marshall, Houghton Mifflin (ISBN 0-395-38992-5)
May 22, 2005 "'Oh the Glory of It All': Poor Little Rich Boy": Oh the Glory of It All, by Sean Wilsey, Penguin (ISBN 1-59420-051-3)
June 12, 2005 "'Marriage, a History': Lithuanians and Letts Do It," Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, Or How Love Conquered Marriage, by Stephanie Coontz, Viking (ISBN 0-670-03407-X)
August 14, 2005 "'Eudora Welty': Not Just at the P.O.," New York Times: Eudora Welty: A Biography, by Suzanne Marrs, Harcourt Trade (ISBN 0-15-100914-7)
December 4, 2005 "Slayer of Taboos," New York Times: D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider, by John Worthen, Basic Books (ISBN 1-58243-341-0)
April 2, 2006 "Science Fiction," New York Times: The Book About Blanche and Marie, by Per Olov Enquist, Translated by Tiina Nunnally, Overlook (ISBN 1-58567-668-3)
July 9, 2006 "The Folklore of Exile," New York Times: Last Evenings on Earth, by Roberto Bolaño, Translated by Chris Andrews, New Directions (ISBN 0-8112-1634-9)
December 2008 "More is More: Roberto Bolaño's Magnum Opus", Harper's Magazine: 2666, by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN 0-374-10014-4)
Dec/ Jan 2010 "Altar Ego," Bookforum: Ayn Rand and the World She Made, by Anne C. Heller, Nan A. Talese (ISBN 978-0-385-51399-9)