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Old School

Old School

by Tobias Wolff

There is a need in us for exactly what literature can give, which is a sense of who we are… a sense of the workings of what we used to call the soul.


Works About Tobias Wolff

  • Peterson, Anne Palmer. "Talking with Tobias Wolff." Continuum: The Magazine of the University of Utah, Summer 1998. Website.
  • Prose, Francine. "The Brothers Wolff." New York Times Magazine, February 5, 1989.
  • Woodward, Joe. "The Gun on the Table." Poets & Writers, March–April 2008.
If you'd like to read other novels about the campus experience, you might enjoy:
  • Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, 1944
  • John Knowles's A Separate Peace, 1959
  • Richard Yates's A Good School, 1978
  • Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep, 2005
  • Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy, 1953 (play)
  • John McPhee's The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfield, 1966 (biography)
If you'd like to read books admired by Tobias Wolff, you might enjoy:
  • Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, 1886
  • Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time, 1925
  • William Maxwell's So Long, See You Tomorrow, 1979
  • Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, 1981
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