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American novelist, short story writer, essayistwd:Q313466
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, Irvine, University of California
occupation: writer, essayist, screenwriter, novelist, columnist, science fiction writer, children's writer, television producer
award received: O. Henry Award, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Nebula Award for Best Novel, Helmerich Award, Hugo Award for Best Novel, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Novel, Sidewise Award for Alternate History
influenced by: J. G. Ballard, Roger Angell, Robert Stone, Raymond Chandler, Henry James, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul Auster, Robert Graves, George R. R. Martin, Philip Roth, Michael Moorcock, Edith Wharton, Jack Vance, John Cheever, Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov, Donald Barthelme, Arthur Conan Doyle, Gabriel García Márquez, Gustave Flaubert, Richard Yates, Jorge Luis Borges, John Keats, Marcel Proust, Frank O'Hara, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Michael Chabon ( SHAY-bon;
born May 24, 1963) is an American novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short story writer. Born in Washington, DC, Chabon spent a year studying at Carnegie Mellon University before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1984. He subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine.
Chabon's first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was published when he was 25. He followed it with Wonder Boys (1995), and two short-story collections. In 2000, Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a novel that John Leonard would later call Chabon's magnum opus. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001.
His novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, an alternate history mystery novel, was published in 2007 and won the Hugo, Sidewise, Nebula and Ignotus awards; his serialized novel Gentlemen of the Road appeared in book form in the fall of that same year. In 2012 Chabon published Telegraph Avenue, billed as "a twenty-first century Middlemarch," concerning the tangled lives of two families in the Bay Area of San Francisco in the year 2004. Chabon followed Telegraph Avenue in November 2016 with his latest novel, Moonglow, a fictionalized memoir of his maternal grandfather, based upon his deathbed confessions under the influence of powerful painkillers in Chabon's mother's California home in 1989.
Chabon's work is characterized by complex language, the frequent use of metaphor along with recurring themes, including nostalgia, divorce, abandonment, fatherhood, and most notably issues of Jewish identity. He often includes gay, bisexual, and Jewish characters in his work. Since the late 1990s, Chabon has written in an increasingly diverse series of styles for varied outlets; he is a notable defender of the merits of genre fiction and plot-driven fiction, and, along with novels, he has published screenplays, children's books, comics, and newspaper serials.
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Novel by Michael Chabon, published in 2000; awarded Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001wd:Q2705230
author: Michael Chabon