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Michael Chabon: A Research Guide: Home

Born in Washington, DC, and now living in Berkeley, CA, Michael Chabon lived in Pittsburgh for a time in his youth and received his BA from the University of Pitttsburgh. His first two novels, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988) and Wonder Boys (1995) are both set in Pittsburgh, and each has been turned into a movie. To date, Chabon is the author of 14 books. His novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. He has a love for genre fiction and has woven elements of these popular genres into his more literary works. Examples of this are Gentlemen of the Road (2007), a swashbuckling adventure tale that originally was published serially in the New York Times Magazine, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union (2007), a mystery set in an alternate future which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for science fiction. He has also written The Final Solution (2004), a detective novel in which the unnamed protagonist resembles Sherlock Holmes. Along with novels, Chabon has written short fiction, essays, children's books, and has worked in comic books. He even had a hand in writing a version of the script of the Sam Raimi film Spider-Man 2. His most recent novel, Moonglow (2016), in which he explores the lives of his maternal grandparents, has garned much critical acclaim, and was named best novel of the year by the Wall Street Journal.

This research guide will connect the user of Gumberg Library to books by Michael Chabon, biographical information on the author, literary criticism (both books and articles), and reviews of his work. It also provides media and interviews with the author. Enjoy!

Short Biographies

Biography, from Contemporary Authors Online

Biography, from Contemporary Literary Criticism

Biography, from American Novelists Since World War II, Seventh Series

Books by Michael Chabon at Gumberg Library

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

By Michael Chabon

Perennial Library, 1988

Call number: PS3553 .H15 M97 1989X - 2nd floor

Wonder Boys

By Michael Chabon

Random House, 1995

Call number: PS3553.H15 W66 2008 - 2nd floor

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

By Michael Chabon

Random House, 2000

Call number: PS3553 .H15 A82 2012X - 2nd floor

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

By Michael Chabon

Harper Perennial, 2007

Call number: PS3553 .H15 Y54 2008X - 2nd floor

Manhood for Amateurs

By Michael Chabon

Harper, 2009

Call number: PS 3553 .H15 Z463 2009 - 4th floor, Popular Books

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

By Michael Chabon

Balzer & Bray, 2011

Call number: PZ7.C3315 Ast 2011 - 5th floor, Curriculum Center, Picture Books

Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

By Michael Chabon

Harper, 2012

Call number: PS3553 .H15 T45 2012BX - 2nd Floor

Moonglow: A Novel

By Michael Chabon

Harper, 2016

Call Number: PS3553.H15 M96 2016x - 2nd Floor