About the Author


Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels You Should Have Known, Admission, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers. Her sixth novel, The Devil and Webster, will be published in March, 2017.

She has also written a novel for children, Interference Powder, and a collection of poetry, The Properties of Breath. Her non-fiction has appeared in various anthologies and in publications such as Vogue, Real Simple, Reader’s Digest and The New York Times.

Born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge, Korelitz lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon, and their children. She is the founder of BOOKTHEWRITER, a New York City based service that connects authors and book groups.

NEW: FALL 2016

THE DEAD, 1904, my immersive theater adaptation (with Paul Muldoon) of James Joyce’s classic story, will be mounted by the Irish Repertory Theatre from November 19th through January 7th at the American Irish Historical Society on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Read all about it below, courtesy of the New York Times, and buy your tickets at OvationTix.

This should be a dinner party to remember.

The Irish Repertory Theater is planning an immersive production of James Joyce’s famous short story “The Dead” at a historic house in which some theatergoers will participate in the holiday meal at the heart of the tale.

The new adaptation is being written by Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet who is the poetry editor of The New Yorker, and his wife, the novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz. The actress Kate Burton, a three-time Tony nominee, has agreed to star.

The production, which is being called “The Dead, 1904,” will be staged at an Upper East Side townhouse owned by the American Irish Historical Society, and will accommodate just 42 people per night, at $300 each for the play, dinner and drinks. (Everyone will get food, but only a handful will be served alongside the actors at the dinner party.) Some discounted tickets will be available by lottery.

The play will be financed in part by Dot Dot Productions, a company made up of Ms. Korelitz and her sister, Nina Korelitz Matza. The director is Ciaran O’Reilly, the producing director of Irish Rep. The production is scheduled to run from Nov. 19 to Jan. 7.

“The Dead” was published in 1914 as part of a collection of short stories called “Dubliners.” It has been adapted several times previously, including as a 1987 film starring Anjelica Huston, and as a 2000 Broadway musicalstarring Christopher Walken and Blair Brown.


Coming in March, 2017


From the bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president and a student protest that mirrors today’s campus unrest.


Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. A former student radical herself, Naomi isn’t alarmed when Webster students, including her own daughter, begin an outdoor encampment to protest a popular professor’s denial of tenure, but when Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group’s leader, shocking acts of vandalism begin to destabilize the campus. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi struggles to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary. A riveting novel about who we think we are, and what we think we believe.

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