Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz (born May 16, 1961) is an American novelist, playwright, theater producer and essayist.

 Korelitz was born to Jewish parents and raised in New York City. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a major in English, she continued her studies at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal. She has published six novels since 1996 with additional novels The Plot and The Latecomer due to be published in 2021 and 2022. She has also written articles and essays for many publications, including Real Simple and the “Modern Love” column in The New York Times.

In 2013 Korelitz created BOOKTHEWRITER, a New York City based service that presents “Pop-Up Book Groups” with prominent authors in private homes. Approximately 20 events are held each year and groups are limited to 20. Past authors have included Joyce Carol Oates, Erica Jong, David Duchovny, Jeanine Cummins, Christina Baker Kline, Jane Green, Adriana Trigiani, Meghan Daum, Dani Shapiro, Darin Strauss, Elizabeth Strout and many others.

In 2015 Korelitz and her sister, Nina Korelitz Matza, created Dot Dot Productions, LLC, to produce The Dead, 1904, an immersive theater adaptation of James Joyce’s short story, The Dead, with The Irish Repertory Theatre. The adaptation of the story, The Dead, 1904, was by Korelitz and Paul Muldoon.

 Books in order of publication:


A Jury of Her Peers (1996)

The Sabbathday River (1999)

The White Rose (2006)

Admission (2009)

You Should Have Known (2014)

The Devil and Webster (2017)

The Plot (2021)

The Latecomer (2022)

Other books

Interference Powder (2003), a middle grade reader

The Properties of Breath (1989), a collection of poetry

The Dead, 1904 (with Paul Muldoon) (2016), an immersive theater adaptation of James Joyce’s “The Dead”.

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