LEV GROSSMAN (born June 26, 1969 in
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Journalism * 2.2 Fiction
* 3 Personal life * 4 Books * 5 References * 6 External links
Grossman has written for
The New York Times , Wired ,
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
In writing for Time, he has also covered the consumer electronics
industry, reporting on video games , blogs , viral videos and Web
Penny Arcade and
Achewood . In 2006, he traveled to Japan
to cover the unveiling of the
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.
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 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 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 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 said The Magician King was " 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 " serious, heartfelt novel 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
* Warp, New York: St. Martin's Griffin/Macmillan, 1997. ISBN 978-0-312-17059-2 * Codex , New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. ISBN 978-0-15-101066-0 * 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. ISBN 978-0-670-02231-1 * The Magician\'s Land , New York: Viking/Penguin/PRH, 2014. ISBN 978-0-670-01567-2
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