Tama Janowitz

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Tama Janowitz

Tama Janowitz (born April 12, 1957 San Francisco, California) is an American novelist and a short story writer.[1] She is often referenced as one of the main "brat pack" authors, along with Bret Easton Ellis, Mark Lindquist and Jay McInerney.[2]


Her parents, a psychiatrist father, Julian Janowitz, and literature professor mother, Phyllis Janowitz, divorced when she was ten. She grew up with her mother in Massachusetts.[3]

She graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in 1977, and from Hollins College with a M.A. in 1979.[4]

She studied at the Columbia University School of the Arts and started writing about life in New York City, where she had settled down. She socialized with Andy Warhol[5] and became well known in New York's literary and social circles. Her 1986 collection of short stories, Slaves of New York brought her wider fame.[5] Slaves of New York was adapted into a 1989 film directed by James Ivory and starring Bernadette Peters. Janowitz wrote the screenplay and also appeared, playing Peters' friend.

Janowitz has published seven novels, one collection of stories and one work of non-fiction. She lived in Brooklyn with her husband, Tim Hunt, and their daughter.[6] She lives in Ithaca, New York.[7]


  • 1975 Bread Loaf Writers fellowship
  • 1976; 1977 Janoway Fiction prize
  • 1982 National Endowment award [8]




  1. JRank - biography
  2. Wyatt, Edward (August 7, 2005). "Bret Easton Ellis: The Man in the Mirror". New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "She'll Take Manhattan", New York Magazine, July 14, 1986
  4. "Tama Janowitz Biography". Biography.jrank.org. Retrieved 2010-08-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Random House - author profile
  6. Grigoriadis, Vanessa (1999-08-09). "Tama Janowitz, Unchained". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2010-08-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Batya Ungar-Sargon (October 10, 2013). "Something Really Bad Is Always Happening to Former Literary 'It Girl' Tama Janowitz". Tablet Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Tama Janowitz Biography". Biography.jrank.org. Retrieved 2010-08-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062391339/scream

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