||About the Participants
January 13-16, 2000
GEOFFREY WOLFF lives in Los Angeles, where he was born in 1937. After thirty years in the east--Washington, D.C., Princeton, Vermont and Rhode Island--he went to the other edge to direct the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Educated at Princeton and Cambridge, he's a novelist, essayist and biographer, and until he broke the habit of profligate opinionizing was the book critic of The Washington Post, Newsweek, New Times and Esquire. He has benefited from award and grant-giving by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Council of Learned Societies, Fullbright. He has taught at Boston University, Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Goddard, Middlebury, Princeton, Warren Wilson and Williams. Wolff's stories, essays, profiles and criticism have appeared in American Scholar, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, Lear's, Life, Michigan Quarterly, New Leader, The New Republic, Paris Review, Columbia Review, Time, TriQuarterly, Life, Saturday Review and many other publications.
Wolff has two grown sons and has been married thirty-four years to Priscilla, academic dean of a day school in Los Angeles. He is currently completing a life of John O'Hara--The Art of Burning Bridges--to be published by Alfred A. Knopf.
- Bad Debts (novel), Simon and Schuster, 1969
- The Sightseer (novel), Random House, 1974
- Black Sun (literary biography of Harry Crosby), Random House, 1976
- Inklings (novel), Random House, 1978
- The Duke of Deception: Memoires of My Father (memoir), Random House, 1979
- Providence (novel), The Viking Press, 1986
- The Final Club (novel), Alfred A. Knopf, 1990
- A Day at the Beach (personal essays), Alfred A. Knopf, 1992
- The Age of Consent (novel), Alfred A. Knopf, 1995