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Tobias Wolff

Autor(a) de This Boy's Life

48+ Works 10,059 Membros 197 Críticas 42 Favorited

About the Author

Tobias Wolff was born in Birmingham, Alabama on June 19, 1945. He served in the military as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He received a B.A. in 1972 and a M.A. in 1975 from the University of Oxford and a M.A. in 1978 from Stanford University. He held faculty positions at Stanford mostrar mais University, Goddard College, Arizona State University, and Syracuse University. He was also a reporter for the Washington Post. His first collection of short stories, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, won the St. Lawrence award for fiction in 1982. His other works include Back in the World, In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of a Lost War, The Night in Question, Old School, and Our Story Begins. The Barracks Thief won the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction in 1985. This Boy's Life: A Memoir won the Los Angeles Times Book prize in 1989 and was made into a 1993 film starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. He also won three O. Henry Awards in 1980, 1981, and 1985 and the National Medal of Arts in 2015. He edited several anthologies of short stories including Matters of Life and Death: New American Stories, A Doctor's Visit: Short Stories by Anton Chekhov, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Tobias Wolff

This Boy's Life (1989) 2,924 exemplares
Old School (2003) 2,512 exemplares
The Night in Question: Stories (1996) 890 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Editor — 477 exemplares
Back in the World: Stories (1985) 358 exemplares
The Barracks Thief (1984) 349 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994) — Editor — 238 exemplares
The Stories of Tobias Wolff (1988) 95 exemplares
Best New American Voices 2000 (2000) — Guest Editor — 46 exemplares
Hunters in the Snow (1982) 39 exemplares
Two Boys and a Girl (1996) 35 exemplares
Writers Harvest 3 (2000) 30 exemplares
Bullet in the Brain (2013) 14 exemplares
Ugly Rumours (1975) 7 exemplares
The Other Miller (2013) 4 exemplares
Powder [short story] (2013) 3 exemplares
The Rich Brother (2013) 3 exemplares
An Introduction to Old School (2008) 3 exemplares
Flyboys (2013) 2 exemplares
Firelight [short story] (2014) 2 exemplares
Bible [short story] 2 exemplares
Meus Dias de Escritor 2 exemplares
Her Dog (2014) 1 exemplar
A Mature Student (2014) 1 exemplar
Sanity (2013) 1 exemplar
A White Bible (2014) 1 exemplar
Smorgasbord [short story] (2013) 1 exemplar
Down to Bone (2014) 1 exemplar
That Room (2014) 1 exemplar
Smokers 1 exemplar
The Chain (2013) 1 exemplar
Say Yes (2013) 1 exemplar
Radio Silence (2012) 1 exemplar
Awaiting Orders (2014) 1 exemplar
The Liar (1989) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Contribuidor — 1,211 exemplares
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuidor — 1,126 exemplares
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 742 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 566 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 548 exemplares
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contribuidor — 368 exemplares
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 362 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1997 (1997) — Contribuidor — 351 exemplares
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015) — Contribuidor — 278 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992) — Contribuidor — 220 exemplares
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Contribuidor — 211 exemplares
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1995 (1995) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
Granta 24: Inside Intelligence (1988) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1987 (1987) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Granta 44: The Last Place on Earth (1993) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuidor, algumas edições95 exemplares
Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology (1994) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Tremor Of Bliss: Contemporary Writers on the Saints (1994) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
Granta 8: Dirty Realism (1983) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The Picador Book of Journeys (2001) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
A Doctor's Visit: Short Stories (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições49 exemplares
Zonnegloren (2022) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
This Boy's Life [1993 film] (1993) — Original novel — 26 exemplares
Looking for George (1995) — Prefácio — 18 exemplares
American Fiction, Volume 1: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers (1990) — Introdução, algumas edições16 exemplares
Once Upon a Childhood: Stories and Memories of American Youth (2004) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry (2009) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors (2015) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Ten: A Bloomsbury Tenth Anniversary Anthology (1996) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Goed verteld : een verrassende bundel internationale verhalen (1994) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
TriQuarterly 48: Western Stories — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Mitä ukkonen todella sanoi (2001) 1 exemplar


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Winner of the Pen Faulkner Award
JimandMary69 | 45 outras críticas | Feb 16, 2024 |
I listened to the Audible version. Stories were chilling, prophetic, suspenseful, cautionary. Liked the reader very much!
jemisonreads | 19 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
I Feel Incredibly Ambivalent

I am really not sure how to feel about this very short story about the final moments and final memory of an amusingly awful caricature of a book critic. I wondered if reading a bunch of reviews would help, but this story seeks to be rather polarising with me bouncing around in the middle.

It is undeniably written with exemplary prose and some genuinely amusing, ridiculous, and thoughtful moments and ideas...but there is also a sense that the writing is overwrought and self congratulatorially smug. This is particularly apparent when coupled with the protagonist himself and how the ultimately the story is about the death of an contemptible (misogynistic, possibly racist) critic and the quaint and incongruous memory they have in their final moment.

Good art makes you feel something and I definitely feel things (I just can't tell how positive they are about the story or not), and works can simultaneously be great, while obviously sniffing their own farts, so...yeah. If I'm honest, I think there are so truly exquisite lines, but the smugness spoils it for me.

The performance is spectacular and it's still well worth a listen if you have Audible.
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RatGrrrl | 1 outra crítica | Dec 20, 2023 |
Judging by the majority of the reviews here, I'm going to chalk up my experience to autism, childhood trauma, and a lack of affection for my parents because I just read an extremely short story about a selfish and ignorant father who, inspite of it being Christmas Eve and his marriage being on the rocks, stayed late on the slopes, drove in dangerous conditions while pontificating about himself and denigrating his son. Yeah, he has a moment or two of brief solipsistic thought about his feelings about his relationship without actually considering his partner or child or list don't to them, but that doesn't mean he actually cares or cares enough not to respect her time and the safety of their son.

Cis men need to be held to a higher standard because this wouldn't read the same or be treated anywhere near the same if this was a character of any other gender or experience. I mean, sure he only thought about himself all day and put him and his son in serious danger, but he really wanted to get back and everything to be OK. What a guy!

Honestly, getting myself a bit worked upwriting this and I can't tell if it's the dad being a total arsehole, reminding me of my crap folks, or getting all in my head about the positive and deep emotional reactions I'm seeing in other reviews.

I seriously thought this was going to end with a horrific accident.

OK. I'm really losing it now. People are saying the message is to live in the moment and not care about the future? That the organised kid (who to me seriously reads as neurodivergent and possibly grasping on to whatever stability he can with his parents splitting up) is finally loosening up and seizing the day? What in the fresh privileged, devil may care, cisheteronormative neurotypical masc hell are we talking about here? Screw your wife and her plans for Christmas Eve. Yours and your son's safety and likelihood of ending up in the back of a squad car, ambulance, or hearse before you get home. Seize the day, baybeeeeeee! EVERYONE! GET UP ON YOUR DESKS!!!

I get the kid idolising the rebellious, read: reckless, father. What's everyone else's excuse?

I'm leaving the review at two, as the prose is great, but I want to give it a one so bad.

(Oof. I am really tired, grumpy, and neurodivergent tonight with that nightmare chronic pain. This must be my most autistic review yet.)
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RatGrrrl | Dec 20, 2023 |



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