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Michael Chabon

American novelist, short story writer, essayist

Michael Chabon is an American author. His first novel was called The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and published in 1988. Chabon was 25 years old. The book made him famous among writers. He has also written genre fiction. Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in 2000. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001.

Michael Chabon
Chabon at a book signing in 2006.
Chabon at a book signing in 2006.
Born (1963-05-24) May 24, 1963 (age 56)
Washington, D.C.
Pen nameLeon Chaim Bach, Malachi B. Cohen, August Van Zorn
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter, columnist, short-story writer
Notable worksThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
Notable awards1999 O. Henry Award
2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2007 Nebula Award for Best Novel
2008 Hugo Award for Best Novel
2008 Sidewise Award for Alternate History
SpouseLollie Groth
Ayelet Waldman


Early yearsEdit

Michael Chabon was born in Washington, DC to Robert Chabon, a physician and lawyer, and Sharon Chabon, a lawyer. He knew he wanted to be a writer when he was a child. [1] He studied at Carnegie Mellon University for a year before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree there in 1984. Then Chabon went to graduate school at the University of California, Irvine and earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1987, Chabon married the poet Lollie Groth. They divorced in 1991, and he married the writer Ayelet Waldman in 1993.



Young-adult fictionEdit

Children's booksEdit

  • The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man (2011) (illustrator: Jake Parker)

Short story collectionsEdit

Essay collectionsEdit

As contributor or editorEdit


  1. Cahill, Bryon (April 1, 2005). "Michael Chabon: a writer with many faces. "... at the beginning of the summer I had lunch with my father, the gangster, who was in town for the weekend to transact some of his vague business."" (Online archive of original publication: Cahill, Bryon. "Michael Chabon: a writer with many faces". Writing 27 (6): 16–19. Weekly Reader Corp.). The Free Library. Farlex Inc. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  2. Cairns, Becky (March 29, 2009). "Pulitzer Prize-winning author visits WSU". Ogden Standard-Examiner. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  3. Review: T. S. Miller (2010). "A Look Back at a Tributary of the Slipstream". The Internet Review of Science Fiction. Retrieved 17 October 2010.