lane von herzen

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Lane von Herzen's first two novels, Copper Crown and The Unfastened Heart, were published to enthusiastic critical acclaim. Copper Crown was selected for the Discover Great New Writers series by Barnes and Noble and has been taught in Women's Studies courses at universities throughout the United States. The film option to The Unfastened Heart sold at auction to Columbia Pictures. Both novels were selections of the Literary Guild.

Ms. von Herzen has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and Yaddo. She graduated from Dartmouth College with her B.A. in English literature, magna cum laude, and obtained her MFA in English literature with highest honors from the writers' workshop at the University of California, Irvine.

She is currently at work on her third novel.


Lane von Herzen is a direct descendant of 
Alexander Herzen, the central figure in
Tom Stoppard's critically acclaimed trilogy
of plays, The Coast of Utopia.  Staged at
Lincoln Center in 2007, the plays comprised
an enormous critical and commercial success
-- winning more Tony awards than any dramatic
play in the award's history and extending their
run repeatedly due to sold-out performances.
Who could have imagined that a portrayal of the
19th-century Russian intelligentsia (Herzen,
Bakunin, Tergenev, Belinski) risking all for the
possibility of the serfs' emancipation, would
strike such a resonant chord with the public?  
A historical and literary feast for theater-goers.

Art inspires art.