Tobias Wolff About the Participants
"THE MEMOIR"
January 13-16, 2000
TOBIAS WOLFF

TOBIAS WOLFF was born in Alabama in 1945 and was raised in Salt Lake City and in the mountains above Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1968 and afterwards attended Oxford University, where he received a degree in English. Wolff has written two memoirs, This Boy's Life, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award and subject of a major feature film, (directed by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin) and In Pharaoh's Army, an account of his service in the Vietnam War. Wolff's work has been translated widely and he has received several prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the O. Henry Award, which he has won twice for his short stories. Wolff has received major grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, The national Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation.

He currently teaches at Stanford, after 17 years at Syracuse University. He and his wife, Catherine, have three children, two sons now in college and a daughter in 5th grade. The daughter has a rabbit but no dog, as dogs are said to be the leading cause of heart attacks in rabbits.

      BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (short stories), 1981
  • Matters of Life and Death (editor, anthology of contemporary American short fiction), 1983
  • The Barracks Thief (novel), 1984
  • Back in the World (short stories), 1985
  • A Doctor's Visit (editor, anthology of Chekhov's short fiction), 1988
  • This Boy's Life: A Memoir (1989)
  • Ploughshares: Stories (editor), 1993
  • In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, 1994
  • Best American Short Stories (editor), 1994
  • The Night in Question (short stories), 1996
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