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Brief Biography of Tobias Wolff
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- Full Title: Flyboys
- When Published: 1996
- Literary Period: American Realism
- Genre: Fiction (Short Story)
- Setting: A small town in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State
- Climax: Clark asks the narrator if they should include their classmate Freddy in their existing plans to design and build a jet plane, but the narrator requests that they exclude Freddy and keep their plans between the two of them.
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Flyboys
Return to Fiction. After publishing several novels and collections of short stories, Wolff shifted his writing focus. For nearly a decade Wolff favored nonfiction, publishing a memoir about his childhood after his parents’ divorce, This Boy’s Life, in 1989 and a memoir about his time in the military, In Pharaoh’s Army, in 1994. The Night in Question (1997), the short story collection in which “Flyboys” was originally published, marked Wolff’s return to the fiction genre.
Family Business. Tobias Wolff’s brother, Geoffrey Wolff, is also a notable writer and has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. Ten years before Tobias Wolff’s award-winning memoir, This Boy’s Life, Geoffrey Wolff published his own memoir about the boys’ biological father in 1979.