Ruth Franklin

Fellow: Awarded 2012

Field of Study: Biography

Competition: US & Canada


Ruth Franklin is a literary critic and senior editor at The New Republic, where she has been on staff since 1999. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was a finalist for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature and was cited by The Atlantic as “a towering work of criticism and insight.” She has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Washington Post, Slate, Granta, the Jewish Review of Books, and Salmagundi, to which she contributes a regular film column. She is currently at work on a biography of the American writer Shirley Jackson.