Tobias Wolff's picture

Tobias Wolff

USA flag (b.1945)

Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction.

He is best known for his short stories and his memoirs, although he has written two novels.

Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and creative writing since 1997. He also served as the director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford from 2000 to 2002.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1985) : The Barracks Thief
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2004) : Old School

Tobias Wolff recommends
The Delicate Prey (1950)
Paul Bowles
"The Delicate Prey is in fact one of the most profound, beautifully wrought, and haunting collections in our literature.... Bowles's tales are at once austere, witty, violent, and sensuous. They move with the inevitability of myth. His language has a purity of line, a poise and authority entirely its own, capable of instantly modulating from farce to horror without a ruffle.""
The Times Are Never So Bad (1983)
Andre Dubus
"...luminous with honesty and generosity. Dubus is interested in essential things--in the shadowy powers that circle our lives and in the slender resources of faith and love with which we try to keep them at bay."
Don't Erase Me (1997)
Carolyn Ferrell
"A book to celebrate. Each story is a song, the voice tuned to perfection."
The Ice Soldier (2005)
Paul Watkins
"Paul Watkins is without question one of the most gifted writers of his generation."
The Coldest Night (2012)
Robert Olmstead
"Robert Olmstead is an original in the American grain... From the world of his work - muscular and male - he has fashioned a fresh and vital language."

Visitors also looked at these authors

About Fantastic Fiction       Information for Authors