Tobias Wolff, an American author, was born in 1945 in Alabama. His parents’ divorce separated him from his father and older brother, writer Jeffery Wolff, for many years during which he and his mother travelled through various US states while struggling financially. After being forced to drop out of high school, he joined the US army and served in Vietnam; he worked at the Washington Post newspaper and studied at Stanford University in California and Oxford University in the UK. Today Wolff lives in California and lectures at Stanford University. He has won numerous literary awards and has published two novels, five short story collections and two memoir books, one of which, This Boy’s Life was adapted to film in 1993.