Foer attended Georgetown Day School and Princeton University. In 1995, while a fresher at Princeton, Safran Foer took an introductory authorship class with writer Joyce Carol Oates, [ 5 ] who took an involvement in his authorship, stating him that he had “ that most of import of writerly qualities, energy ” . [ 6 ] Foer subsequently recalled that “ she was the first individual to of all time do me believe I should seek to compose in any kind of serious manner. And my life truly changed after that. “ [ 6 ] Oates served as the adviser to Safran Foer ‘s senior thesis, an scrutiny of the life of his maternal gramps, the Holocaust subsister Louis Safran. For his thesis, Foer received Princeton ‘s Senior Creative Writing Thesis Prize.
Foer graduated from Princeton in 1999 with a grade in Philosophy, [ 4 ] and traveled to Ukraine to spread out his thesis. In 2001, he edited the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, to which he contributed the short narrative “ If the Aging Magician Should Begin to Believe. ” His Princeton thesis grew into a fresh, Everything Is Illuminated, which was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2002. The book earned him a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award. [ 8 ] In 2005, Liev Schreiber wrote and directed a movie version of the novel, which starred Elijah Wood.
Foer ‘s 2nd novel, Highly Loud and Incredibly Close, was published in 2005. In the novel, Foer used 9/11 as a background for the narrative of 9-year-old Oskar Schell, who learns how to cover with the decease of his male parent in the World Trade Center. Highly Loud and Incredibly Close used many untraditional composing techniques known as ocular authorship. It follows multiple but interrelated plot lines, is peppered with exposure of doorhandle and other such oddnesss, and ends with a 14-page flipbook. Foer ‘s usage of these techniques resulted in both glowing congratulations [ 9 ] and abrasion [ 10 ] from critics. Despite diverse unfavorable judgment, the novel sold briskly and was translated into several linguistic communications. In add-on, the movie rights were purchased by Warner Bros. and Paramount for a movie to be produced by Scott Rudin, [ 11 ] with Billy Elliot and The Reader manager Stephen Daldry attached to direct. [ 12 ]
Foer has been an occasional vegetarian ( some old ages vegetarian, some old ages omnivore, on occasion vegan ) since the age of 10, [ 14 ] and in 2006 he recorded the narrative for the docudrama If This is Kosher… , a rough exposAA© of the kosher enfranchisement procedure that advocates vegetarianism. In his childhood, adolescent, and college old ages of vegetarianism, he called himself vegetarian but still frequently ate animate beings. Foer writes he is now a vegetarian. He does non advert being vegan in his Hagiographas. Foer published his first book of non-fiction, Eating Animals, on November 2, 2009. [ 15 ] Foer said that he had long been “ unsure about how I felt [ about eating meat ] ” and that the birth of his first kid inspired “ an urgency because I would hold to do determinations on his behalf. “ [ 14 ] The book intersperses a personal narration with a more “ wide statement ” about vegetarianism. [ 14 ]