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Lake of the Woods: Introduction
Lake of the Woods: Plot Summary
Lake of the Woods: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Lake of the Woods: Themes
Lake of the Woods: Quotes
Lake of the Woods: Characters
Lake of the Woods: Symbols
Lake of the Woods: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Tim O’Brien
Historical Context of In the Lake of the Woods
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- Full Title: In the Lake of the Woods
- Where Written: Austin, Texas and Worthington, Minnesota
- When Published: January 1995
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: The novel is hard to classify, but it features elements of the historical novel, the war novel, and the mystery novel.
- Setting: Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, and Vietnam
- Point of View: The novel moves between many points of view. There are third person limited chapters, in which the narrator describes events from the characters’ points of view. There are also chapters of evidence, and footnotes in which the narrator speaks in the first person.
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Dedicated teaching: Though he hasn’t published a book in more than a decade, O’Brien is far from retired. He continues to serve as the MFA chair at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Major awards: Tim O’Brien has won many awards for his writing and journalism. In 1978, he won the National Book Award for Going After Cacciato, a novel of Vietnam. He’s also won the Pritzker Military Library Literature Prize of 100,000 dollars.