LEV GROSSMAN (born June 26, 1969) is an American novelist and
journalist, notably the author of the novels Warp (1997), Codex
(2004), The Magicians (2009),
The Magician King (2011), and The
Magician\'s Land (2014). He is a senior writer and book critic for
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Journalism * 1.2 Fiction
* 2 Personal life * 3 Books * 4 References * 5 External links
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 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
In 1997, in response to his novel Warp receiving largely negative customer reviews, he submitted fake reviews to Amazon using false names. He then recounted these actions in an essay titled "Terrors of the Amazon".
Lev Grossman's first novel, Warp, was published after he moved to New York city. It was published in 1997. Warp was about "the lyrical misadventures of an aimless 20-something in Boston who has trouble distinguishing between reality and Star Trek." 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, 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 called it “Exuberant and inventive...Fresh and compelling...a great fairy tale.” The New York Times said the book "could crudely be labeled a Harry Potter for adults," injecting mature themes into fantasy literature.
The Magicians 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.
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
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.
He also 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's working on a reimagination of King Arthur called The Bright Sword.
Grossman is the twin brother of video game designer and novelist