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Thomas Mallon

USA flag (b.1951)

Thomas Mallon is a novelist, critic and director of the creative writing program at The George Washington University.

He attended Brown University as an undergraduate and earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He received the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in 1994 and won a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1987. Mallon taught English at Vassar College from 1979-1991.

Mallon is the author of the novels Henry and Clara, Two Moons, Dewey Defeats Truman, Aurora 7, Bandbox, and most recently Fellow Travelers; as well as writing four works of nonfiction. He is a former literary editor of GQ, where he wrote the "Doubting Thomas" column for ten years, and has contributed frequently to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, and Harper's. He was appointed a member of the National Council on the Humanities in 2002 and became Director of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2004. He then served as Deputy Chairman of the NEH.

He lives in Foggy Bottom, a neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Genres: Historical, Mystery, General Fiction
   Arts and Sciences (1988)
   Aurora 7 (1991)
   Henry and Clara (1994)
   Dewey Defeats Truman (1997)
   Two Moons (2000)
   Bandbox (2004)
   Fellow Travelers (2007)
   Watergate (2012)
   Finale (2015)
   Landfall (2019)
   Up with the Sun (2023)
Non fiction
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Award nominations
2013 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Watergate

Thomas Mallon recommends
Jackie and Me (2022)
Louis Bayard
"It's hard to combine wit and tender-heartedness in a single book, but Louis Bayard has produced a lovely amalgam in Jackie & Me. This latest subtly crafted addition to his oeuvre boasts a top-notch structure and the best-ever depiction of 'Papa Joe' Kennedy, as well as a portrait of Janet Auchincloss, Jackie's mother, that is poisonous perfection."
Silent Winds, Dry Seas (2021)
Vinod Busjeet
"Most American readers of Silent Winds, Dry Seas are unlikely ever to travel to Mauritius, but Vinod Busjeet's evocation of the island a half century ago is so vivid and layered that they will feel, in the course of these remarkable pages, that they have made several extended and not-to-be-forgotten trips there. By turns tender and ironic, proud and self-deprecating, and written with superb clarity, this fine novel is replete with insights and pleasures."
Emma Who Saved My Life (1989)
Wilton Barnhardt
"This is an immensely winning book."

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