Writer; university professor of English and creative writing.  Born– June 19, 1945,  Birmingham.  Parents–Arthur and Rosemary Loftus Wolff. Grew up in Washington State. Married–Catherine Dolores Spohn. Children– three. Education– Oxford University, B.A., 1972; M.A., 1975;  Stanford University, M.A., 1978. Military service:  U. S. Army Special Forces, Vietnam, 1964-68. Taught at Goddard College and Arizona State University; at Syracuse University, 1980-1997; at Stanford. 1997-.  Published short stories in many journals and anthologies. This Boy’s Life was made into a movie of the same name, 1993. Awarded many grants and fellowships, including National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1978;  Arizona Council on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship in creative writing, 1980; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1982. Recipient of many awards, including the St. Lawrence Award for Fiction, 1982; the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 1985; National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, 1989; Ambassador Book Award, 1990, the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, 2014, and others. Received the National Medal of the Arts, 2015.


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Back in the World. Boston; Houghton, 1985.

The Barracks Thief. New York; Eco Press, 1984.

In Pharoah’s Army:  Memories of the Lost War.  Knopf, 1994.

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs. New York; Eco Press, 1981.

The Night in Question.  Knopf, 1996.

Old School.  Knopf, 2003.

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Ugly Rumours. London; Allen & Unwin, 1977.


Best American Short Stories.  Houghton, 1994.

A Doctor’s Visit:  The Short Stories of Anton Chekov. Bantam Books, 1988.

Matters of Life and Death; New American Stories. New York; Wampeter Press, 1983.

The Picador Book of Contemporary American  Stories.  Picador, 1993.

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories.  Random House, 1994.

Written under name of Jonathan Ansell Wolff

Hunters in the Snow; a Collection of Short Stories. London; J. Cape, 1981.

The Liar. Vineburg, Calif.; Engdahl Typography, 1989.

The Stories of Tobias Wolff. London; J. Cape, 1988.

This Boy’s Life; a Memoir. New York; Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989.