Caryn James

Caryn A. James is an American film critic, journalist, university lecturer and writer.[1] She grew up in Providence and obtained her doctorate in English literature at Brown University.[1] She began working as a freelance journalist at The New York Times,[2] Newsday, TV Guide and Vogue. She finally landed a three-week temporary position at The New York Times Book Review and later became a permanent staff member.[3]

Cayrn James
Caryn A. James

Alma materBrown University
OccupationFilm critic, journalist, writer

She moved to the daily newspaper, as a cultural reporter. In 1995, she began working as a television critic and in 1997, James was named the New York Times's first chief television critic.[3] A year later, she published her first novel, Glorie, to good reviews.[4]

In 2006, she published her second novel, What Caroline Knew: A Novel, and by 2010 had left the Times, returning to film critiques. She then began working at Marie Claire magazine while also doing freelance work.[5] The following year, James began working with IndieWire in a division created for her James on Screens.[1] She writes for The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter and is an adjunct professor in film studies at Columbia University.[6]

Selected worksEdit

  • James, Caryn (1998). Glorie: A Novel. Zoland Books. ISBN 978-0-944072-87-5.
  • James, Caryn (March 7, 2006). What Caroline Knew: A Novel. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-34312-5.


  1. ^ a b c "Caryn James". James on Screens. IndieWire. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  2. ^ James, Caryn (May 6, 1984). "Publishers' Confessions-Rejections I Regret". New York City: The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tanz, Jason (March–April 2000). "Who Wants to Be a Critic?". Brown Alumni Magazine. Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University. 100 (4). Archived from the original on March 8, 2005.
  4. ^ "Glorie". Kirkus. Kirkus Reviews. May 1, 1998. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  5. ^ James, Caryn (October 15, 2010). "Egghead". The New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Caryn James".

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