Tim O ' Brien 's Background Essay

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Author’s Background-Tim O’Brien was born on October 1, 1946, in Austin, Minnesota, but was raised in Worthington D.C. At the time his mother was a teacher at an Elementary school and his father an insurance salesman who later became a sailor in World War II. He thought of becoming a writer because of his father 's accounts of World War II battles. Then soon after he received his draft and joined the military. He served in the military from 1969 to 1970 as a foot soldier after then leaving the army. After leaving the army he started writing and later published first writing about his personal war experiences like the ones that inspired him when he hear them from his father and called it “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home”. His first work was published in 1973 during his studies while attending Harvard University. After graduating he continued on with his career and became a reporter for the New York Times. With his new position he became a full writer and continued publishing his work. He currently has a position at Texas State University teaching creative writing.

Summary of Text-Cross is the main character we look at in this story. He is a lieutenant that is in in love with girl named Martha and he is obsessed over her and is always thinking about her. Through the story we look at various solders and the mental and physical elements that they carrie with them during the Vietnam War. Cross is the main focus of the story and we see that he feels great…

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