The creator of imaginative historical fiction, Thomas Dyja's books have brilliantly drawn characters who come to life on the page. Praised by the likes of Caleb Carr, Kurt Andersen and the Washington Post Book World, Dyja is someone to watch.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
July 31, 1962
Place of Birth:
B.A in English, Columbia University
|A Book That Made a Difference|
|The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg|
Carl Sandburg, Archibald MacLeish (Introduction)
"In seventh grade I cut school, went downtown, bought a copy of this book and spent the entire day under a tree next to Lake Michigan reading poem after poem," Dyja told us. "The idea that art could be created from the faces and things in front of you, that the commonplace was worth exalting, really lit me and I decided that day that I wanted to be a writer."
|Dyja's Favorite Writers ...|
|We asked Dyja to descibe some of his favorite writers. He listed Caleb Carr, "for leading the charge on a new vision of history;" Vladimir Nabokov, who "reminds me that I have to try to put energy into every sentence I write;" Richard Ford, "for the battered optimism of The Sportswriter and Independence Day;
W.E.B.DuBois, "for the fire of his brilliance"; and Lytton Strachey, for "telling history that manages to be at once more vibrant and more fundamentally accurate than most any other historian."
|... and His Favorite Books|
A masterpiece of realism written by one of the finest stylists of fiction. Dyja says he "didn¹t read Bovary until I was 35 and had already written a novel, which only made me more in awe of the book¹s wonders."
|Passage to India|
E. M. Forster
"The only book I know that tells a love story between nations," Dyja says. "But Forster makes all his grand political and social points with very human and very real characters that we care about."
|Photo by Marion Ettlinger||