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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

Abstraction may make your head believe, but a good story, well told, will also make your kidneys believe, and your scalp and your tear ducts, your heart, and your stomach, the whole human being.

Works Cited

Excerpts from THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien. Copyright © 1990 by Tim O’Brien. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Lee, Don. "About Tim O'Brien: A Profile." Ploughshares. Winter 1995-96: 196-201.

O'Brien, Tim. An Interview with Josephine Reed for The Big Read. 13 November 2008.

Works Consulted

Bourne, Daniel. "A Conversation with Tim O'Brien." Artful Dodge. 2 October 1991.

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. New York: Viking, 1983.

O'Brien, Tim. "Writing Vietnam." President's Lecture at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 21 April 1999.


Writer: Amy Stolls for the National Endowment for the Arts

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