Anna Quindlen

November 1, 1994 - 12:00pm
A Conversation with Anna Quindlen

About Anna Quindlen

Over the last 25 years, Anna Quindlen’s work has appeared in some of America’s most influential newspapers, many of its best known magazines, and on both fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. A columnist for The New York Times from 1981-1994, Quindlen became only the third woman in the paper’s history to write a regular column for its influential Op-Ed page when she began the nationally syndicated “Public and Private” in 1990. A collection of columns, “Thinking Out Loud,” was published in 1993 and was on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than three months. In 1992, Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Quindlen joined The New York Times in 1977 as a general assignment reporter and was named the paper’s deputy metropolitan editor in 1983. She wrote the “About New York” column from 1981 to 1983 and created the column, “Life in the 30’s” in 1985.

Quindlen has written three best-selling novels: “Object Lessons,” “One True Thing” and “Black and Blue.” Her book “How Reading Changed My Life” was released in September 1998. Quindlen has since assumed the role of columnist again. At Newsweek she writes the prestigious “Last Word” column. Quindlen also is the author of two children’s books, “The Tree That Came to Stay” and “Happily Ever After.” She also wrote the text for the coffee table pictorials Naked Babies and Siblings. Quindlen attended Barnard College.