American writer and novelist Jonathan Franzen - who received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Germany in 1981 for a project in creative writing - discusses his Fulbright experience and its impact on his career. Mr. Franzen is interviewed by recently-returned Fulbright Alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whose Fulbright U.S. Student award to Germany in 2009 was also for a project in creative writing.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels, including the critically acclaimed The Corrections (2001), which earned a National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist. His most recent novel, Freedom, was published in August 2010. Franzen has also earned recognition for his work in The New Yorker magazine and for “Perchance to Dream,” an essay published in Harper’s magazine in 1996, in which he critically examines the place of the novel in contemporary American society.

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