President's Lecture Series: Tobias Wolff, 28th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Tobias Wolff

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building - Room 102

Author/Artist Bio

Tobias Wolff was born in Alabama and grew up in the Skagit River Valley of Washington state. He spent four years in the U.S. Army and worked briefly at the Washington Post as a police reporter. He won the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award for his novella The Barracks Thief. He has also won the 1989 Rea Award for the Short Story, the Esquire/Volvo/Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Prize and three 0. Henry Prizes. His short stories have appeared frequently on both sides of the Atlantic in journals such as Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Encounter, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Fiction magazine. His 1989 memoir This Boy’s Life was adapted as a movie starring Ellen Barkin, Robert de Niro, and Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1994, In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, Wolff’s account of his time in Vietnam, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Old School, published in 2004, is Tobias Wolff’s seventh book. Wolff teaches at Stanford University.


Wolff presented on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.


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