Michael Chabon (born May 24, 1963) is an American writer of both literary and genre fiction. He has achieved the unprecedented goal of appealing to both literary snobs who despise genre fiction, and genre fiction snobs who despise the literati. Sometimes even at the same time. He has won both a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and a Hugo Award for best Science Fiction Novel of the Year.Most of his books are, in part, about Judaism or Jewish people. He has written Fantasy, Mystery, and Alternate History — and even when he isn't writing genre fiction, he often writes about it.He also worked on the screenplays for Spider-Man 2 and John Carter.
Works by Michael Chabon include:
- The Mysteries of Pittsburgh - A Coming of Age novel that explored a bisexual Love Triangle.
- Wonder Boys - Made into a movie starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. The screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This was not, technically, a genre novel, but it was about The Golden Age of Comic Books, about as geeky a subject as one could want.
- Summerland - Best-selling YA fantasy novel about kids saving the world by playing baseball.
- The Final Solution - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who might be (read: obviously is) Sherlock Holmes.
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union - An Alternate History noir novel set in Alaska. Winner of the Hugo Award.
- Gentlemen of the Road - A more traditional adventure novel. Chabon himself dubbed it "Jews with swords".
- Manhood for Amateurs - A collection of autobiographical essays.
- The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man - A children's book about the titular superhero (yes, really).
- Telegraph Avenue - A novel about record-store owners in north Oakland, threatened by a megastore.
Works by Michael Chabon with pages on this Wiki:
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
- The Final Solution
- Gentlemen of the Road
- The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
- Wonder Boys
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Other works by Michael Chabon contain examples of:
- Author Appeal:
- This is likely the reason he writes so much "low-brow" genre fiction: he likes to write in genres that he genuinely enjoys reading.
- Aside from that, Chabon (who is Jewish) loves Jewish history and culture. It figures prominently in most of his books.
- So My Kids Can Watch: Probably the main reason he wrote Awesome Man.