Tim O'Brien is the one of the greatest living American authors. He was drafted for service in Vietnam as soon as he graduated from Macalester College in 1968. His Vietnam War novels The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato are widely acknowledged as some of the best American war novels ever written. Critical Companion to Tim O'Brien is a comprehensive new resource for anyone interested in this author's life, works, and achievements.
- A concise but thorough biography of O'Brien
- Entries on all O'Brien's works, including his war novels, Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, and In the Lake of the Woods; his memoir, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home; and all his other published novels and short stories, including The Nuclear Age, July, July, and more
- Entries on related people, places, and topics, such as Green Berets, Ernest Hemingway, metafiction, and Viet Cong
- Appendixes, including a chronology, a bibliography of O'Brien's works, and a secondary source bibliography.
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.
About the Author(s)
Susan Farrell is a professor and director of the graduate program in English at the College of Charleston. She is the author of Facts On File's Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut and of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres: A Reader's Guide as well as many scholarly articles on modern and contemporary fiction.