Mark Kurlansky

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Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky at a Barnes & Noble book signing, New York City, July 11, 2013
Born (1948-12-07) December 7, 1948 (age 69)
Hartford, Connecticut
Occupation journalist
Nationality American
Genre non-fiction

Mark Kurlansky (December 7, 1948) is an American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He has written a number of books of fiction and non-fiction. His 1997 book, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, (1997) was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His book Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea (2006) was the non-fiction winner of the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Life and work[edit]

Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 7, 1948.[1] He attended Butler University, where he earned a BA in 1970.[1] From1976-91 he worked as a correspondent in Western Europe for the Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and eventually the Paris-based International Herald Tribune.[1][2] He moved to Mexico in 1982 where he continued to do journalism. In 2007 he was named the Baruch College Harman writer-in-residence.[1]

He wrote his first book, A Continent of Islands, in 1992 and went on to write several books throughout the 1990s. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His work and contribution to Basque identity and culture was recognized in 2001 when the Society of Basque Studies in America named him to the Basque Hall of Fame.[1] That same year he was awarded an honorary ambassadorship from the Basque government.[1]

Kurlansky as a teenager called Émile Zola his "hero", and in 2009 Kurlansky translated one of Zola's novels The Belly of Paris whose theme is the food markets of Paris.[3]

His 2009 book The Food of a Younger Land, details American foodways in the early 20th century, with the lengthy subtitle, "A portrait of American food – before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional – from the lost WPA files."




Children's books[edit]

As editor[edit]

  • Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing From Around the World and Throughout History (2002), ISBN 0-345-45710-2

As translator[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Writers Directory". Biography in Context. Gale. 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "A Conversation with Mark Kurlansky, translator of Zola’s Classic" Archived January 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., conversation with Terrance Gelenter
  4. ^ "Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea, 2007 nonfiction winner"
  5. ^ "Dayton Literary Peace Prize - Mark Kurlansky, 2007 Nonfiction Winner". Retrieved 2016-01-13. 

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