Tim o'brien describes the vietnam war as the most significant event in his life, and it is the subject, directly or indirectly, of most of his work the good writer must write beyond his moment, the author proclaimed in an interview while his novels and memoir mostly concern the war, their. Life and career o'brien was born in austin, minnesota when he was ten, his family, including a younger sister and brother, moved to worthington, also in southern minnesota worthington had a large influence on o’brien’s imagination and his early development as an author.
For most of his life, tim o’brien has written about matters of war and peace, moral choice, moral precipice – informed by his exposure, in war, to the darkest dimensions of humankind in his 1994 essay “the vietnam in me,” o’brien expressed personal desperation approaching suicide.
Tim o’brien william timothy o’brien is a renowned american writer, famous for writing novels on vietnam war his chief works include the things they carried and going after cacciato. Life and career tim o'brien was born in dublin and educated at the catholic school downside in somerset he went to new inn hall, oxford, principally in order to further his cricket career a forceful right-handed batsman, o'brien won a blue in 1884 and 1885.
Life and career o'brien was born in austin, minnesota when o'brien was twelve, his family, including a younger sister and brother, moved to worthington, minnesota, a city that once billed itself as the turkey capital of the world worthington had a large influence on o’brien’s imagination and early development as an author. Tim o’brien, in full william timothy o’brien, (born october 1, 1946, austin, minnesota, us), american novelist noted for his writings about american soldiers in the vietnam war after studying political science at macalester college, st paul, minnesota (ba, 1968), o’brien fought in vietnam.
O’brien’s sister kathleen was born one year later, and his brother greg ten years after o’brien’s birth the family moved to the small town of worthington, minnesota, while o’brien was in elementary school, and they remained there throughout his childhood and adolescence.
O'brien's career as a reporter gave way to his fiction writing after publication of his memoir if i die in a combat zone, box me up and send me home tim o'brien is now a visiting professor and endowed chair at southwest texas state university where he teaches in the creative writing program.