Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss (August 18, 1974) is an American writer.

Krauss majored in English at Stanford University. She has a Master’s degree in English from Oxford University and one in art history from London’s Courtauld Institute. In 2007, Krauss was named by Granta one of the best young American novelists; in 2010, The New Yorker included her on its 20 Under 40 list.


  • Man Walks Into a Room (2002)
  • The History of Love: a novel (2005)
  • Great House (2010)
  • Forest Dark (2017)


  • Orange Prize shortlist with Great House, 2011
  • National Book Award finalist with Great House, 2010
  • Granta’s Best American Novelists under 40, 2007
  • Femina Prize shortlist (France) with The History of Love, 2006
  • Orange Prize shortlist with The History of Love, 2006


“I don’t see change as failure. I don’t understand that way of looking at things. To say your life didn’t work out the way you thought it would when you decided to marry or to fall in love with somebody, or to write a book that didn’t turn out how you thought it would — I just don’t see those things as failure. I see that as being open to what will happen. I’m just not afraid of disappointment.”

– Nicole Krauss. Interview by Hannah Beckerman, Financial Times, September, 15th, 2017


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