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Jonathan Carroll was born in New York City to a film writer and Broadway actress.

Shortly after graduating cum laude from Rutgers University, he married artist Beverly Schreiner on June 19, 1971. He subsequently studied for his Masters Degree at the University of Virginia, while working as an English teacher, first at the North State Academy in Hickory, North Carolina, and then at St.Louis County Day School. A desire to teach English abroad led him to the American International School in Vienna, Austria.

But these are the bones of Jonathan Carroll's life, and to give them flesh, one needs to look beyond his own background and into the history of his writing.

Carroll was still at prep school when he had his first idea for a short story. "It was about an old woman who lives alone in New York, and because she is lonely decides to buy a dog," he has said. "And at the end of the story she kills the animal, purposely, because the dog has done something that annoys her."

In May 1976, the Transatlantic Review published "The Party at Brenda's House," a short story set in 1964 in Carroll's hometown of Dobbs Ferry, New York. Describing the build-up to the eponymous party, the five page story established the semi-autobiographical style Carroll would adopt as his own, blurring the lines between fact and fiction until only the writer knows where one ends and the other begins.

In 1982, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone magazine published what many recognize as another milestone in the creation of Carroll's patented style. "The Jane Fonda Room" was typical of his subsequent work in that, rather than taking the magazine's formulaic 'twist in the tale' as the dénouement of his story, Carroll uses it at a jumping-off point, detailing a man's damnation as the ultimate wish-fulfillment. 'Be careful what you wish for,' the story implies, 'for it may come true.' It was a theme he would revisit again and again in later works. Like "The Land of Laughs", Carroll's next novel, "Voice of Our Shadow" (1983), takes a writer as its central figure, but the tone of the narration - in which a man named Joe Lennox, whose conscience has been troubled for years by his older brother's death, is inadvertently responsible for another death - is far darker. Indeed many mistook it for a horror novel, a fact that would haunt Carroll's work for a further decade. More importantly, however, Carroll says that the novel helped to sour his relationship with his father, which became "progressively more unpleasant as the years went on and I became recognized as a novelist."

Carroll published three further short stories - two of them in German - before his third novel appeared in two slightly different versions, in 1987 and 1988. Widely considered to be his breakthrough book, "Bones of the Moon" opens with the arresting line "The Axe Boy lived downstairs" before spiraling into a far-reaching narrative which blurs, juxtaposes and crosses the borders between the real and imagined.

He moved toward the mainstream with "Kissing the Beehive," which, in the absence of a supernatural component, reads more like a classic crime thriller, as it takes both Carroll and his narrator back to their formative years in a suburb of upstate New York - the book's fictional town of Crane's View is closely modeled on Dobbs Ferry.

As his sales climbed, both in the US and overseas, Carroll's readership continues to expand among the great and the good, with such diverse talents as Jane Campion, Juliette Binoche, Sting, and the Prime Minister of Poland. With the publication of his eleventh novel, "The Marriage of Sticks", shortly before the end of the millennium, Carroll found his largest readership yet, for the stranger the world around us becomes, the more the twisted reality of Carroll's work seems to fit our own.

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Jonathan Carroll was born in New York City to a film writer and Broadway actress.

Shortly after graduating cum laude from Rutgers University, he married artist Beverly Schreiner on June 19, 1971. He subsequently studied for his Masters Degree at the University of Virginia, while working as an English teacher, first at the North State Academy in Hickory, North Carolina, and then at St.Louis County Day School. A desire to teach English abroad led him to the American International School in Vienna, Austria.

But these are the bones of Jonathan Carroll's life, and to give them flesh, one needs to look beyond his own background and into the history of his writing.

Carroll was still at prep school when he had his first idea for a short story. "It was about an old woman who lives alone in New York, and because she is lonely decides to buy a dog," he has said. "And at the end of the story she kills the animal, purposely, because the dog has done something that annoys her."

In May 1976, the Transatlantic Review published "The Party at Brenda's House," a short story set in 1964 in Carroll's hometown of Dobbs Ferry, New York. Describing the build-up to the eponymous party, the five page story established the semi-autobiographical style Carroll would adopt as his own, blurring the lines between fact and fiction until only the writer knows where one ends and the other begins.

In 1982, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone magazine published what many recognize as another milestone in the creation of Carroll's patented style. "The Jane Fonda Room" was typical of his subsequent work in that, rather than taking the magazine's formulaic 'twist in the tale' as the dénouement of his story, Carroll uses it at a jumping-off point, detailing a man's damnation as the ultimate wish-fulfillment. 'Be careful what you wish for,' the story implies, 'for it may come true.' It was a theme he would revisit again and again in later works. Like "The Land of Laughs", Carroll's next novel, "Voice of Our Shadow" (1983), takes a writer as its central figure, but the tone of the narration - in which a man named Joe Lennox, whose conscience has been troubled for years by his older brother's death, is inadvertently responsible for another death - is far darker. Indeed many mistook it for a horror novel, a fact that would haunt Carroll's work for a further decade. More importantly, however, Carroll says that the novel helped to sour his relationship with his father, which became "progressively more unpleasant as the years went on and I became recognized as a novelist."

Carroll published three further short stories - two of them in German - before his third novel appeared in two slightly different versions, in 1987 and 1988. Widely considered to be his breakthrough book, "Bones of the Moon" opens with the arresting line "The Axe Boy lived downstairs" before spiraling into a far-reaching narrative which blurs, juxtaposes and crosses the borders between the real and imagined.

He moved toward the mainstream with "Kissing the Beehive," which, in the absence of a supernatural component, reads more like a classic crime thriller, as it takes both Carroll and his narrator back to their formative years in a suburb of upstate New York - the book's fictional town of Crane's View is closely modeled on Dobbs Ferry.

As his sales climbed, both in the US and overseas, Carroll's readership continues to expand among the great and the good, with such diverse talents as Jane Campion, Juliette Binoche, Sting, and the Prime Minister of Poland. With the publication of his eleventh novel, "The Marriage of Sticks", shortly before the end of the millennium, Carroll found his largest readership yet, for the stranger the world around us becomes, the more the twisted reality of Carroll's work seems to fit our own.

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    Booking fees for Jonathan Carroll, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jonathan Carroll, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jonathan Carroll?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jonathan Carroll for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jonathan Carroll for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jonathan Carroll or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jonathan Carroll or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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