Bibliography - Tim O'Brien


Erica L. Zilleruelo

Wichita State University


Long Works

O’Brien, Tim. Going After Cacciato. New York: Broadway, 1978.

---. If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home. New York : Broadway, 1975.

---. In the Lake of the Woods. New York: Penguin, 1994.

---. July, July. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

---. Northern Lights. New York: Broadway, 1975.

---. The Nuclear Age. New York: Penguin, 1979.

---. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

---. Tomcat in Love. New York: Broadway, 1998.

Short Fiction and Published Excerpts

O’Brien, Tim. “Class of ‘68.” Esquire Mar. 1998:160.

---. “Faith.” New Yorker 12 Feb. 1996:62-67.  (excerpt prior to
Tomcat in Love with variations)

---. “Going After Cacciato.” Ploughshares. 03/1.9 (1976): 42-65.

---. “Half Gone.” New Yorker 8 July 2002:66-71. (excerpt prior to July, July )

---. “July ‘69.” Esquire July 2000: page # (excerpt prior to July, July)

---. “Little People.” Esquire Oct. 2001: page # (excerpt prior to July, July )

---. “Loon Point.” Esquire Jan. 1995:91-94.

---. “A Man of Melancholy Disposition.” Ploughshares. 02/2.6 (1974): 46- 60. (excerpt from Combat Zone)

---. “ Nogales.” New Yorker 8 Mar. 1999: 69-73. (excerpt prior to July, July )

---. “The People We Marry.” Atlantic Jan. 1992:90-98. (excerpt prior
to In the Lake of the Woods with variations)

---. “Quantum Jumps.” Ploughshares. 09/4.32 (1983): 11-44. (adapted
from The Nuclear Age)

---. “The Streak.” New Yorker 28 Sept. 1998: 88-91. (excerpt prior to July, July)

---. “Too Skinny.” New Yorker 10 Sept. 2001: 92-100 (excerpt prior to July, July)

---. “What Went Wrong.” Esquire Aug. 2002: page # (excerpt prior to July, July )

---. “ Winnipeg.” New Yorker 14 Aug. 2000: 72-77 (excerpt prior to July, July )

[excerpt from TTTC, probably “The Rainy River”] Editors Marc Vinz and Thom Tammaro, 1993 anthology described in Pioneer Press, title of anthology unknown

[unknown] “Flash Fiction: 75 Very Short Stories.” ed. James Thomas, Denise Thomas, and Tom Hazuka. Norton, 1992.

[unknown] “The Oxford Book of Adventure Stories.” ed, Joseph Bristow. Oxford University Press. [1995?]

[excerpt from TTTC] “The Perimeter of Light.” ed. Vivian Vie Balfour. Minneapolis: New Rivers Press, 1992.

[unknown] “You’ve Got to Read This.” ed. Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard. HarperPerennial, 1994.

Essays and Nonfiction

O’Brien, Tim. “The Vietnam in Me.New York Times 2 Oct. 1994, sec. Magazine: 48-57.

---. “The Crumbling of Sand Castles.” Washington Post 18 Nov. 1973:
C1, C5.

---. “July’s People.” New York Magazine 22 June 1981: 64-65. (Review
of “July’s People” by Nadine Gordimer)

---. “The Magic Show.” Writers on Writing. Ed. Robert Pack and Jay
Parini. New Hampshire: Middlebury CP, 1991. 175-83.

---. “Medals! Medals! Everyone’s Got Medals.” Los Angeles Times
18 Mar. 1973 , sec. VI: 1+.

Audiovisual Materials

In the Lake of the Woods . By Tim O’Brien. Fox TV, 1996.

O’Brien, Tim. Speech. Fall for the Book Festival. Fairfax, VA. 19 Sept. 2005.



O’Brien, Tim. “4 Writers Try to Make Sense of the Vietnam-Book Boom.” New York Times 4 Aug. 1987, sec. C: 17.

---. “Author O’Brien’s Watergate Role Revealed.” St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch 4 Apr. 1990, AM Metro Final ed., sec. Express: 2D. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. “Fighting Words.” St. Paul Pioneer Press 30 Apr. 1995, Metro Final ed., sec. Showtime: 2E. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. “Secret Life of Tim O’Brien.” St. Paul Pioneer Press 17 Oct. 1994,
Metro Final ed., sec. Express: 1C+. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. “The Truth of Our Lives is Extremely Fragile.” A Penguin Reading Group Guide. 

---. Interview with Ken Becker. “ Vietnam era shapes what writer writes
about.” The Windsor Star ( Canada) 2 Feb. 1995, Final ed., sec. Express: X31. DataTimes/Canadian Sources.

---. Interview with John Blades. “Prisoners of War.” Chicago Tribune 9 Dec. 1994 , sec. Tempo: 1-2.

---. Interview with D. J. R. Bruckner. “A storyteller for the War that Won’t End.” New York Times 3 Apr. 1990: C15+.

---. Interview with Gail Caldwell. “Staying True to Vietnam.” Boston Globe 29 Mar. 1990 , Third ed., sec. Living: 69. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Margaret Carlin. “Vietnam Will Always be One
Thing Tim O’Brien Carries.” Rocky Mountain News ( Denver) 20 Nov. 1994, Final ed., sec. Spotlight: 79A. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Mike Capuzzo. “A Novelist’s Inner War.”
Philadelphia Inquirer 27 Oct. 1994, Final ed., sec. Features Magazine/People: G01+. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Dan Cryer. “Talking with Tim O’Brien: Goodbye to
All That” Newsday 16 Oct. 1994, sec. Fanfare: 32. Newsday Direct/Prodigy.

---. Interview with Mary Devine. “Love and War in the Land o’ Lakes.”
MPLS-St. Paul Magazine Oct. 1994: 179.

---. Interview with Dave Edelman. “My Full Interview with Tim
O’Brien.” Home page. 1 Oct.

---. Interview with Josh Getlin. “ Vietnam and WWII: Myths and Memories.” Los Angeles Times 09 Apr. 1995, Home ed.: A-1. Times-Link/Prodigy

---. Interview with Mary Ann Grossmann. “Reality Doesn’t Matter.” St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch 11 Mar. 1990, AM Metro Final ed., sec. Arts and Entertainment: 1D. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Tobey Herzog. “Tim O’Brien Interview.” South
Carolina Review 31.1 (1998): 78-109.

---. Interview with Martin Hintz. “O’Brien Launches New Blockbuster Novel.” Irish American Post Nov. 1994. Internet.

---. Interview with Vanessa E. Jones. “Sorrows Shadow O’Brien’s
Success.” The Commercial Appeal ( Memphis TN) 27 Nov. 1994, Final ed., sec. Fanfare: G4.

---. Interview with Joseph P. Kahn. “The Things He Carries.” Boston
Globe 19 Oct. 1994, Third ed., sec. Living: 69+. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Steven Kaplan. “An Interview with Tim O’Brien.”
Missouri Review 14.3 (1991): 93-108.

---. Interview with Linnea Lannon. “In War, Reality Becomes Surreal.” Detroit Free Press 17 Apr. 1991, Metro Final ed., sec. WWL: 3E+. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Marc Leepson. “The Dark Side of the Heart.” The
VVA Veteran Dec. 1994, 17+

---. Interview with Marc Leepson. “If I Write About a Combat Zone.” The VVA Veteran Sep. 1987, 29+.

---. Interview with Larry McCaffery. “Interview with Tim O’Brien.”
Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series: American Writers of the Vietnam War . Ed. Ronald Baughman. Detroit: Bruccoli, 1991. 153-64.

---. Interview with Larry McCaffery. “Interview with Tim O’Brien.” Chicago Review . 33.2 (1982): 129-49.

---. Interview with Brian C. McNerney. “Responsibly Inventing History: An Interview with Tim O’Brien.” War, Literature, & the Arts 6.2 (1994): 1- 26.

---. Interview with John Mort. “The Booklist Interview.” Booklist Aug.
1994: 1990-1991.

---. Interview with Mark Muro. “Believer in the Grand Theme.” Boston
Globe 10 Oct. 1985: 85-86.

---. Interview with Mark Muro. “Processed Words.” Boston Globe 31
Jan. 1992, Third ed., sec. Living: 21. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Russ Musarra. “Prose, By One Who Knows.” Akron
Beacon Journal 22 Sep. 1991, 1 Star ed., Life Style: C9. Mercury Center/America Online.

---. Interview with Martin Naparsteck. “An Interview with Tim
O’Brien.” Contemporary Literature 32.1 (1991): 1-11.

---. Interview with Nancy Randle. “’ Lake’ Wades into One of Our Watershed Events.” Chicago Tribune 3 Mar. 1996, sec., TV Week. Chicago Tribune/ America Online.

---. Interview with Patty Reilly. “ Vietnam Grunt Tim O’Brien Gets
Decorated on Literary Front.” People Magazine 14 May 1979: 110.

---. Interview with Howard Rosenberg. “Break Out the Popcorn for
PBS’ ‘Cinema’.” Los Angeles Times 23 Jan. 1995, Home ed., sec. Calendar: F-1. Times-Link/Prodigy

---. Interview with Scott Sawyer. “In the Name of Love: An Interview
with Tim O’Brien.” Mars Hill Review 4 (1996): 177-26.

---. Interview with Eric James Schroeder. “Tim O’Brien: Maybe So.” Vietnam , We’ve All Been There: Interviews with American Writers . Westport: Praeger, 1992. 124-43.

---. Interview with Eric James Schroeder. “Two Interviews: Talks with Tim O’Brien and Robert Stone.” Modern Fiction Studies. 30.1 (Spring 1984): 135-64.

---. Interview with Michael Schumacher. “Writing Stories from Life: Tim O’Brien on Writing Fiction.” Writer’s Digest 71.4 (1991): 34.39.

---. Interview with Debra Shostak. “Artful Dodge Interviews Tim O’Brien.” The Artful Dodge 1991, Vol. 17: 74-90.

---. Interview with Judith Slater. “An Interview with Tim O’Brien.” Short Story Review . 4.2 (Spring 1987): 1, 4-5.

---. Interview with David Streitfeld. “The Writer Wounded by Friendly Fire: Vietnam Vet Tim O’Brien, Still at War with Himself.” Washington Post 25 Nov. 2004: B1+.

---. Interview with Anthony Tambakis. “Tim O’Brien: An Interview by Anthony Tambakis.” Five Points: A Journal of Literature & Art 4.1 (1999): 94-114.

---. Interview with Lynn Wharton. “Hand, Head, and Artifice: The Fictive World of Tim O’Brien.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. 3.1 (Fall 2001): 131-35.

---. Interview with Lynn Wharton. "Journeying from Life to Literature: An Interview with American Novelist Tim O'Brien.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 1.2 (Spring 2000): 229-47.

---. Interview with Bruce Weber. “War and Peace.” Esquire Sep. 1985: 269.

---. Interview with Dave Wood. “Words of War.” Minneapolis Star
and Tribune . 10 Mar. 1990: B8+.

---. Interview with Ed Voves. “Life in a World of Never-Ending ‘ Nam.” Philadelphia Daily News 25 Oct. 1994, PM ed., sec. Features Yo!: 36+. Mercury Center/America Online.

Book Reviews

Going After Cacciato

“Review: Tim O’Brien: Going After 13 Aug 2002 . 28 July 2006.

Freedman, Richard. “A Separate Peace.The New York Times 12 Feb 1978. 28 July 2006.

The Nuclear Age

Zenowich, Chris. “’Nuclear Age’ Hardly Explosive.” Chicago Tribune 06 Oct. 1985, sec. Arts. Chicago Tribune Archives/America Online.

The Things They Carried

Caldwell, Gail. “Following the Point Man in a New Kind of War.” Boston Globe 04 Mar. 1990 , Third ed., sec. Books: B49. Mercury Center/America Online.

Wetherell, W.D. “Dubious Martyrdom.” Chicago Tribune 11 Mar. 1990, sec. Tribune Books. Chicago Tribune Archives/America Online.

In the Lake of the Woods

Brinson, Claudia Smith. “Reader Left to Solve Many-Sided Mystery in the Lake of the Woods .” The State ( Columbia SC) 23 Oct. 1994, Final ed., sec. Tempo:F6. Prodigy

Crowther, Hal. “In the Lake of the Woods.” Atlanta Journal and Constitution 27 Nov. 1994 , sec. Arts: N©08. Access Atlanta/Prodigy

Eder, Richard. “Vanishing Act.” Los Angeles Times 02 Oct. 1994, Home ed.,
sec. Book Review: 3. Times-Link/Prodigy.

Gutcheon, Beth. “The War Still with Us.” San Jose Mercury News 09 Oct.
1994, Morning Final ed., sec. Books:1. Mercury Center/America Online.

Kakutani, Michiko. “A Novel with a Complex Strategy.” New York Times
(AOL) 07 Oct. 1994. New York Times/America Online.

Kerrigan, Michael. “Memories of War.” Times Literary Supplement 21 Apr.
1995, 20.

Koeppel, Fredric. “Ponderously Written O’Brien Mystery Wastes Good Story.”
The Commercial Appeal ( Memphis TN) 30 Oct. 1994, Final ed., sec. Fanfare:G3. Prodigy

Lescaze, Lee. Wall Street Journal 3 Oct. 1994: A17.

Pate, Nancy. “A Story of Half-Life After Vietnam: O’Brien Gets Lost in Cloudy
Characters.” The Charlotte Observer 20 Nov. 1994, One-Four ed., sec. Bookweek.

Shields, David. “A Return Visit to the Subject of Vietnam.” Philadelphia
Inquirer 16 Oct. 1994, Final ed., sec. Features View: M01. Mercury Center/America Online.

Soloman, Andy. “Wade’s World Falls Apart.” Herald 02 Oct. 1994, Final ed.,
sec. Arts: 31. Tampa Bay Online /Prodigy.


Adams, Leslie Kennedy. “Fragmentation in American and Vietnamese War Fiction.” America’s Wars in Asia: a cultural approach to history and memory . Ed. Philip West, Steven I. Levine, and Jackie Hiltz. New York : ME Sharpe, 1998.

Bonn, Maria S. “Can Stories Save Us?: Tim O’Brien and the Efficacy of the Text.” Critique 36.1 (Fall 1994): 2-15.

Campbell, Christopher D. “Conversation across a Century: The War Stories of Ambrose Bierce and Tim O’Brien.” War, Literature, and the Arts. (Fall-Winter 1998): 267-88.

Froelich, Vera P. “O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato.” The Explicator. 53 (1995): 181-83.

Hagan, Edward and John Briggs. “Tim O’Brien’s Ironic Aesthetic: What is the Nature of a ‘True’ Story?”.  The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society . 16:2 (2003). 

Heberle, Mark A. A Trauma Artist: Tim O’Brien and the Fiction of Vietnam.
Iowa City : U of Iowa P, 2001.

Herzog, Tobey. Tim O’Brien. New York: Twayne P, 1997.

Jarraway, David R. “’Excremental Assult” in Tim O’Brien: Trauma and Recovery in Vietnam War Literature.” Modern Fiction Studies. 44.3 (Fall 1998): 695-711.

Kaplan, Steven. “Understanding Tim O’Brien.” Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 1995.

Kaplan, Steven. “The Undying Uncertainty of the Narrator in Tim O’Brien’s
‘The Things They Carried’.” Critique Fall 1993. 43-52.

Kennedy, Leslie Carol. “Ghosts through the Looking Glass: Vietnam and its Narrative Representation in the Novels of Heinemann, Herr, O’Brien, and Wright.” Diss. Texas A&M U, 1995. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1995.

Lustig, T. J. “‘Moments of Punctuation’: Metonymy and Ellipsis in Tim O’Brien.” Yearbook of English Studies. 31 (2001): 74-92.

McCarron, Bill. “Heller, O’Brien, and the Full-Circle and Primal Scene Syndromes.” Then and Since: Perspectives on Vietnam. Monograph: ETSU Instructional Printing, 1996. 54-58.

Palaima, Thomas G. “Courage and Prowess Afoot in Homer and the Vietnam of Tim O’Brien.” Classical and Modern Literature. 20.3 (Spring 2000): 1-22.

Pfalzgraf, Falco. “Imagination im Werk Tim O’Briens.” MA equivalent thesis. Universität Kassel , Germany , 2000.

Robinson, Daniel. “Getting it Right: The Short Fiction of Tim O’Brien.” Critique . 40.3 (Spring 1999): 257-64.

Saltzman, Arthur M. “The Betrayal of the Imagination: Paul Brodeur’s The Stunt Man and Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato.” Critique. 22.1 (1980): 32-8.

Smith, Lorrie N. “The Things Men Do: The Gendered Subtext in Tim O’Brien’s Esquire Stories.” Critique Fall 1994. 16-40.

Timmerman, John H. “Tim O’Brien and the Art of the True War Story: ‘Night March’ and ‘Speaking of Courage’.” Twentieth Century Literature. 46.1 (Spring 2000): 100-14.

Vannatta, Dennis. “Theme and Structure in Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato .” Modern Fiction Studies. 28.2 (1982): 242-46.

Zins, Daniel L. “Imagining the Real: The Fiction of Tim O’Brien.” Hollins Critic . 23.3 (June 1986): 1-12.


Calloway, Catherine. “Tim O’Brien: A Checklist.” Bulletin of Bibliography. (Mar 1991): 6-11.

---. “Tim O’Brien (1946- ): A Primary and Secondary Bibliography.” Bulletin of Bibliography . 50.3 (Sept 1993): 223-29.

DeWitt, Henry. “Introduction.” Ploughshares. 17/2-3.55 (1991) (briefly mentions O’Brien)

Grossman, Mary Ann. “Stranger than Fiction.” St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch 14 Sep. 1990, AM Metro Final ed., sec. Showtime: 16D. Mercury Center/America Online.

Herman, Judith. Trauma and Recovery. New York: Harper Collins, 1992. (mentions O’Brien’s contributions to trauma recovery)

Lee, Don. “About Tim O’Brien: A Profile.” Ploughshares. 21/4.68 (1995- 96): 5-7.

Leepson, Marc. “Those Who Forget the Past: Examining the My Lai Tragedy 25 Years After.” VVA Veteran Jan. 1995. 15+

Lopez, Ken. “Tim O’Brien—An Introduction to His Writing.” Ken Lopez—Bookseller 1997. 28 July 2006

O’Brien, Tim, coordinating ed. Ploughshares. 03/1.9 (1976)

---, poetry and fiction ed. Ploughshares. 04/1.12 (1977)

---, coordinating ed. Ploughshares. 04/4.15 (1978)

---, poetry and fiction ed. Ploughshares. 21/4.68 (1995-96) (wrote introduction as well)

Pratt, John Clark.  “Tim O’Brien’s Re-imagination of Reality: An Exercise in Metafiction.” War, Literature & the Arts. 8.2 (1996)

Rosenberg, Howard. “Break Out the Popcorn for PBS’ ‘Cinema’.” Los Angeles
Times 23 Jan. 1995, Home ed., sec. Calendar: 1. Times-Link/Prodigy.

“Untitled.” Chicago Tribune 18 May 1995, sec. Tempo. Chicago Tribune Archives. / America Online.

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