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One of the most celebrated and best selling American authors
of the past fifty years, Tim O’Brien is the 2012 recipient of the Texas Writer
Award. O’Brien’s first work, If I Die in
a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, was a memoir about his tour of
duty during the Vietnam War. The author of seven novels, O’Brien is known for
combining fact and fiction in order to explore the effects of war. Going After Cacciato won the 1979
National Book Award, and In The Lake of
the Woods received the James Fennimore Cooper Prize and was named best
novel of the year by Time magazine. The
semi-autobiographical The Things They
Carried was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics
Circle Award. O’Brien has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation
and the National Endowment for the Arts. His books have sold more than three
million copies and have been translated into more than twenty languages. In
2012, O’Brien received The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Ambassador Richard C.
Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, which honors an author’s body of
work that does "not let the world forget that peace can be forged with words."
O’Brien’s archives are held by University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. A resident of Austin with his wife and two sons, O’Brien is currently
Professor of Creative Writing at Texas State University—San Marcos.
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