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Tim O'Brien

American novelist

1946   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Harvard University
occupation: writer, teacher, novelist
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Award, National Book Award for Fiction, Heartland Prize, Society of American Historians Prize for Historical Fiction

William Timothy O'Brien (born October 1, 1946) is an American novelist. He is best known for his book The Things They Carried (1990), a collection of linked semi-autobiographical stories inspired by O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War. In 2010, The New York Times described O'Brien's book as a Vietnam classic. In addition, he is known for his war novel, Going After Cacciato (1978), also about wartime Vietnam, and later novels about postwar lives of veterans.O'Brien held the endowed chair at the MFA program of Texas State University–San Marcos every other academic year from 2003–2004 to 2011-2012 (2003–2004, 2005–2006, 2007–2008, 2009–2010, and 2011–2012).
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