Anna Quindlen: Biography

Anna Quindlen

08 jul 1953

Anna Quindlen (born on July 8, 1952, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American journalist and novelist.

At age 18, Quindlen began work in the newspaper business as a copy girl. After graduating from Barnard College in 1974 , she had a career as a New York Post reporter from 1974 until 1977, at which time she was hired as a general assignment and city hall reporter for The New York Times. In 1983, she was promoted to deputy metropolitan editor.

It was at the Times that Quindlen came into her own as a writer, producing columns like "About New York" (1981-1983) and "Living in the 30s" (1985). She was only the third woman in the paper's history to write a regular column for the prestigious op-ed page. Her opinion column "Public and Private", which ran from 1990 until 1992, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. From 2000 until 2009 Quindlen wrote the "Last Word" column for Newsweek.

Anna Quindlen is also an acclaimed author. Her body of work includes fiction, non-fiction, self-help and a pair of children's books. In her best-selling novels (Object Lessons, 1991; Black and Blue, 1998; Blessings, 2002 among others) she explores youth, illness, domestic violence, family relationships, and love. A film adaptation of her second novel, One True Thing (1994), starring Meryl Streep and William Hurt, was released in 1998. Several of her novels were made into television movies.

Other books by Quindlen include How Reading Changed My Life (1998), A Short Guide to a Happy Life (2000), and Being Perfect (2005).

Quindlen is an ardent advocate of feminism and has often tackled controversial issues, such as contraception, gay marriage, and integration. She is also known to have spoken out against the Catholic Church because of the pedophilia scandals and its misogyny.

Quindlen is a wife and mother of three. She lives in New York City.