William T. Vollmann is one of the most prolific contemporary writers in the United States, and had published twenty books before his fiftieth birthday (although not all remain in print). He has met with considerable critical success – being listed in the 

New Yorker

’s 1999 feature on the top twenty writers under 40 and winning the National Book Award in 2005, for his novel 

Europe Central

 – but the formidable size and difficult subject matter of many of his books means that he has been denied the readership which many believe his work deserves. Much of this work melds reportage and fiction, and he has written for a number of periodicals, including 



, and


. His first novel, 

You Bright and Risen Angels: A Cartoon

 (1987), is a multi-charactered tale of…

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Citation: Savvas, Theophilus. "William T. Vollmann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2010; last revised 21 June 2021. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12871, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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