Tobias Wolff’s short stories have appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Esquire, and Atlantic Monthly and have been collected in three books — In the Garden of North American Martyrs (1981), Back in the World (1985), and The Night in Question (1996). He received the PEN/Faulkner Award for his 1984 novella The Barracks Thief, and his two memoirs, This Boy’s Life (1989) and In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War enjoyed similar success. This Boy’s Life was turned into a movie in 1993, and In Pharaoh’s Army was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1994. 
Dec 01 2003
An Interview with Tobias Wolff
Interviewer: In your new novel, Old School, your narrator claims — truthfully, it seems to me — “No true account can be given of how or why you became a writer…” However, I wonder if you could tell me a little bit about the course of events that led you to pursue a career as a writer.
Wolff: It was, I suppose, a tendency in my nature, to some extent encouraged by my reading, and at one point by the example of my brother, Geoffrey, who is seven and a half years older than I.
Dec 01 1980
They were doing the dishes, his wife washing while he dried. He’d washed the night before. Unlike most men he knew, he really pitched in on the housework.