Lev Grossman (born June 26, 1969 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an
American novelist and journalist, most notable as the author of the
Magicians trilogy: The Magicians (2009),
The Magician King (2011), and
The Magician's Land (2014). He was the book critic and lead technology
writer at Time magazine from 2002 through 2016.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
Grossman was born to a Jewish family on June 26, 1969 in Concord,
Massachusetts. He is the twin brother of video game designer and
novelist Austin Grossman, brother of sculptor Bathsheba Grossman, and
son of the poet
Allen Grossman and the novelist Judith Grossman. He is
an alumnus of Lexington High School and Harvard College. He graduated
from Harvard in 1991 with a degree in literature. Grossman then
Ph.D. program in comparative literature for three years at
Yale University, but left before completing his dissertation.[citation
Grossman has written for The New York Times, Wired, Salon.com, Lingua
Franca, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, The Wall Street
Journal, and The Village Voice. He has served as a member of the board
of directors of the
National Book Critics Circle
National Book Critics Circle and as the chair of
the Fiction Awards Panel.
In writing for Time, he has also covered the consumer electronics
industry, reporting on video games, blogs, viral videos and Web comics
Penny Arcade and Achewood. In 2006, he traveled to
Japan to cover
the unveiling of the
Wii console. He has interviewed Bill Gates,
Steve Jobs, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, Joan Didion, Jonathan
Franzen, J.K. Rowling, and Johnny Cash. He wrote one of the earliest
pieces on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. A piece written by
Grossman on the game
Halo 3 was criticized for casting gamers in an
"unfavorable light." Grossman was also the author of the Time
Person of the Year 2010 feature article on
Facebook founder Mark
Grossman did some freelancing and wrote for other magazines. Some of
the works he wrote at this time include “The Death of a Civil
Servant,” “Good Novels Don’t Have to be Hard,” “Catalog
This,” “The Gay Nabokov,” “When Words Fail,” and “Get
Smart.” He freelanced at The Believer, the Wall Street Journal, New
York Times, Salon, Lingua Franca, and Time Digital. It was soon after
this that his novel, Warp, was published.
He quit his job at Time magazine in August of 2016 to pursue writing
Lev Grossman's first novel, Warp, was published in 1997 after he moved
to New York City. Warp was about "the lyrical misadventures of an
aimless 20-something in Boston who has trouble distinguishing between
reality and Star Trek." It received largely negative customer
reviews on Amazon.com, and in response, Grossman submitted fake
reviews to Amazon using false names. He then recounted these actions
in an essay titled "Terrors of the Amazon". His second novel,
Codex, was published in 2004 and became an international
bestseller. After Codex, Grossman published the book that he is
most well known for, The Magicians.
In an article for
The New York Times
The New York Times Grossman wrote: "I wrote fiction
for 17 years before I found out I was a fantasy novelist. Up till then
I always thought I was going to write literary fiction, like Jonathan
Franzen or Zadie Smith or Jhumpa Lahiri. But I thought wrong. ...
Fantasy is sometimes dismissed as childish, or escapist, but I take
what I am doing very, very seriously.
Grossman's New York Times bestseller The Magicians was published in
hardcover in August 2009. The trade paperback edition was made
available on May 25, 2010.
The Washington Post
The Washington Post called it “Exuberant
and inventive...Fresh and compelling...a great fairy tale.” The
book is a dark contemporary fantasy about Quentin Coldwater, an
unusually gifted young man who obsesses over Fillory, the magical land
of his favorite childhood books. Unexpectedly admitted to Brakebills,
a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York (an amalgam
of Bannerman's Castle and Olana), Quentin receives an education in the
craft of modern sorcery. After graduation, he and his friends discover
that Fillory is real.
Michael Agger of
The New York Times
The New York Times said the book "could crudely be
labeled a Harry Potter for adults," injecting mature themes into
fantasy literature. The Magicians won the 2010 Alex Award, given
to ten adult books that are appealing to young adults, and the 2011
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
In August 2011, The Magician King, the sequel to The Magicians, was
published, which returns readers to the magical land of Fillory, where
Quentin and his friends are now kings and queens. The Chicago Tribune
The Magician King was "
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of
alternative universes" and that "Grossman has created a rare, strange
and scintillating novel." It was an Editor's Choice pick of The
New York Times, who called it "[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that]
turns the machinery of fantasy inside out." The Boston Globe said
The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously
criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy."
In November, 2011, Grossman confirmed that he had started working on a
sequel to The Magicians and The Magician King, suggesting that the
series would be a trilogy. The third book in the series is titled The
Magician's Land  and was published on 5 August 2014.
Grossman confirmed that he has sold the rights for a television
adaptation of The Magicians, but stated that he does not believe the
source material would be conducive to a film adaptation.
In September 2016, Grossman announced that he was working on a King
Arthur novel called The Bright Sword. 
Grossman lives in
Brooklyn with his second wife, Sophie Gee, whom he
married in early 2010, and his daughter Lily from
a previous marriage. On June 10, 2010, his daughter,
Halcyon Harriet Graham, was born. In September 2012, his third
child, Benedict, was born.
Warp, New York: St. Martin's Griffin/Macmillan, 1997.
Codex, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004.
The Magicians, New York: Viking/Penguin, 2009.
ISBN 978-0-670-02055-3 (hardcover); Plume/Penguin, 2010.
ISBN 978-0-452-29629-9 (trade paperback)
The Magician King, New York: Viking/Penguin, 2011.
The Magician's Land, New York: Viking/Penguin/PRH, 2014.
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^ Lev Grossman. "Terrors of the Amazon", Salon.com, March 2, 1999
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^ Grossman, Lev (June 28, 2010). "The Flight of the Halcyon: Or, I Had
a Baby". Lev Grossman.
The Neitherlands Forum, web forum dedicated to the series
Lev Grossman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Lev Grossman at
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Authorities, with 5 catalog
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