Wonder Boys Summary

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Essays & Analysis (10)

841 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Tandon offers a generally favorable assessment of Wonder Boys. Henry James exhorted the potential novelist “to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Gra... Read more
806 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following essay, Himmelsbach discusses Chabon's literary success, the author's struggle to write a second novel, and Wonder Boys. Michael Chabon was just your not-so-average liter... Read more
509 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Kaveney offers a positive assessment of Wonder Boys. When a much-praised young writer turns to writing about writing, the patter of diminishing returns usually approaches. How... Read more
1,741 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review of Wonder Boys, Gorra finds flaws in the novel's disparate plotlines and the protagonist's disingenuous observations. It [Wonder Boys] starts well. “The fi... Read more
289 words, approx. 1 pages
In the following review of Wonder Boys, Bick finds the novel's conclusion overly romanticized, but commends Chabon's emotionally complex protagonist. Chabon has changed the setting of hi... Read more
1,124 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, Birkerts offers a positive assessment of Wonder Boys. Novelists writing novels about novelists are like doctors taking their own blood pressure and temperature. The thermomet... Read more
1,408 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Yardley praises Wonder Boys and affirms Chabon's literary accolades. Michael Chabon is so stupendously gifted and accomplished a writer at so early an age that it is te... Read more
1,261 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Eder offers a positive assessment of Wonder Boys. [In Wonder Boys on] one dark night, though by no means his darkest, Grady Tripp, a writer-in-residence at a Pennsylvania coll... Read more
1,047 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Hearon offers a positive assessment of Wonder Boys. At the start of Michael Chabon's second novel, Wonder Boys, Grady Tripp, a fat, 40ish, 6-foot-3 academic in small-to... Read more
2,013 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following interview, See discusses Chabon's life, publishing history, and the origins of Wonder Boys. Michael Chabon, once pegged as a wonder boy for his first novel, The Mysteries of Pi... Read more