Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen

I started publishing essays after I spent a year driving 19,000 miles around the country, trying to understand what it is to be an American writer, and mostly reading the crates of books I had in my trunk. Since then my essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, The Threepenny Review, The Believer, McSweeney's, and Best American Essays. I write about the lives of artists and writers, their friendships, discoveries, and reversals. My three books, Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels (forthcoming, May 2020, FSG) A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists (PEN/Jerard Fund Award, finalist for the Guardian First Book Prize, notable book of the year by the LA Times and Maureen Corrigan on NPR) and Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (October, 2013) have been praised for the way they handle both the inner lives of artists and the external circumstances that have so much to do with how it feels to live a creative life. I'm a Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago, and I live in Chicago with my family. I keep a notebook on looking at paintings at http://rachelecohen.com/.

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