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Michael Chabon is an acclaimed, bestselling author who's won the Pulitzer Prize. He's known for several books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and for his work as a screenwriter on Spider-Man 2 and John Carter.
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Born on May 24, 1963 in Washington, D.C., Michael Chabon developed his craft as a writer, with his debut The Mysteries of Pittsburgh becoming a bestseller. His 1995 novel, Wonder Boys, was turned into a film, and 2000's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the Pulitzer Prize. He has published many other novels, stories and essays,
"You tend to make the things you like to eat. ...As a writer, I try to write books that I think I would love to read. You cook the foods you'd love to eat, you write the books you'd love to read."
"I'm a perpetually disappointed optimist. ... optimism is just an animal reaction. It's not something I necessarily subscribe to, even; I just can't help it."
"Art is a form of exploration, of sailing off into the unknown alone, heading for those unmarked places on the map. If children are not permitted—not taught—to be adventurers and explorers, what will become of the world of adventure, of stories, of literature itself?"
" ...it is impossible to live intelligently as a member of a minority group in a nation that was founded every bit as firmly on enslavement and butchery as on ideals of liberty and brotherhood and not feel, at least every once in a while, that you can no more take for granted the continued tolerance of your existence here than you ought take the prosperity or freedom you enjoy."
"The experience of having children, of being a father, impelled me, not just in my writing but just on a daily basis in my thoughts and in my everyday reflections to look backward at my own life, my own childhood, my relationship with my father, with my brother, and to sort of look around me, not only what was going on in the world of my children and their family but other families, other kids around."
and was a screenwriter for Spider-Man 2 and John Carter.
Born on May 24, 1963 in Washington, D.C., Michael Chabon spent part of his childhood growing up in Columbia, Maryland, a planned community meant to promote socio-economic integration and religious diversity. His parents divorced in 1975, and with his father moving to Pittsburgh, Chabon was raised primarily by his mother afterwards. During his youth he became an avid reader of comic books and "genre" fiction while also following major league baseball, particularly admiring Roberto Clemente.
Chabon attended Carnegie Mellon before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature in 1984. He went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of California, Irvine. His debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, originally his master's thesis, was released in 1988 and became a New York Times bestseller.
During the early '90s, Chabon released a short-story collection, A Model World, and then published his second novel, 1995's Wonder Boys; the work focuses on a professorial pothead with immense writer's block. The book was adapted several years later into an award-winning film starring Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr. and Katie Holmes. Chabon ended the decade with another story collection, Werewolves in Their Youth.
Chabon's third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, released in 2000, is a mammoth tale about the creation of a popular comic book superhero—the Escapist—in 1930s and '40s New York City. Kavalier & Clay dealt with a number of hard-hitting issues, including homosexuality and the Holocaust, while also featuring Chabon's wit and flair for epic storytelling; it went on to win many awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.
The following decade saw Chabon playing with writing styles to continued acclaim from general readers and critics. In 2002, he released his first young adult novel, Summerland, a fantasy tale mixed with baseball lore. And 2004 saw the release of Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, a compilation of different artists and writers presenting the Kavalier & Clay hero in a comic format. Two additional volumes followed soon after, and Chabon's novella, The Final Solution, was also published.
His next novel came forth in 2007, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, presenting an alternate history where Alaska was established as the Jewish homeland instead of Israel.
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