Winter With the Writers

Tobias Wolff

Author of This Boy's Life and In Pharaoh's Army

Event Details

Winter With the Writers welcomed Tobias Wolff to Rollins on February 14, 2008.

Speaker Bio

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Born in Alabama in 1945, Tobias Wolff traveled the country with his mother, finally settling in Washington State, where he grew up. He attended the Hill School in Pennsylvania until he was expelled for repeated failures in mathematics in his final year, whereupon he joined the Army. He spent four years as a paratrooper, including a tour in Vietnam. Following his discharge he attended Oxford University in England, where he received a First Class Honours degree in English in 1972. Returning to the United States , he worked variously as a reporter, a high school teacher, a night watchman and a waiter before receiving a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University in 1975. He is currently the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford, where he lives with his wife Catherine. They have three children.

Wolff's books include the memoirs This Boy's Life and In Pharaoh's Army; the short novel The Barracks Thief; three collections of stories, In The Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the World, and The Night in Question; and, most recently, the novel Old School. He has also edited several anthologies, among them Best American Short Stories, A Doctor's Visit: The Short Stories Of Anton Chekhov, and The Vintage Book Of Contemporary American Stories. His work is translated widely and has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Rea Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.