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Lev Grossman Books In Order

Publication Order of Magician Books

The Magicians (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magician King (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magician's Land (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Warp (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Codex (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Lev Grossman is an American Novelist best known for The Magicians, a fantasy novel set in modern times which aims to upend some of the tropes that surround Magic and witches in literature.

+Biography

Lev Grossman was a journalist before he began writing fiction. Allen Grossman, his father, was a poet, while Judith Grossman (Mother) carved out a career as a novelist.

Grossman’s twin brother, Austin Grossman, is also a novelist, though he is probably best known for his work as a video game designer. Their brother, Bathsheba Grossman, is a sculptor.

Lev Gross man attended Lexington High School and eventually graduated from Harvard college with a degree in literature. He was unable to earn his Ph.D. in comparative literature (Yale University), leaving before he finished his dissertation.

The author has worked with and written for a number of notable names in the journalism arena, this including Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to mention but a few.

Grossman’s journalism career allowed him to explore a varied number of fields, the most notable being the consumer electronics industry where he reported on webcomics, video games, and blogs.

Lev Grossman has also had the opportunity to interview famous people like J.K Rowling, Bill Gates, Nel Gaiman and even Steve Jobs. Some people might remember him for some of the pieces he wrote on the unveiling of the Wii console (during which he traveled to Japan).

Grossman also wrote a few pieces on the Twilight Series (Stephenie Meyer) for which he attracted some attention. While many of Grossman’s stories didn’t exactly set the world on fire, his Video Game articles had a tendency to ignite debates every once in a while.

The piece on Halo 3, in particular, didn’t do Grossman any favors; the author attracted a lot of criticism for the negative brushes with which he painted gamers. Proving more favorable was the piece he wrote on Mark Zuckerberg.

The Time Person of the year article, written in 2010, is one of Grossman’s more recognizable works as a journalism; at the very least, it is one of those things people are more likely to remember him for with regards to journalism.

Outside of his efforts with larger media entities, Lev Grossman also did some freelancing, working with organizations like The Believer, Salon and Time Digital to mention but a few.

+Literary Career

Lev Grossman published his first novel, The Wrap, in the 1990s while he was freelancing for the likes of Lingua Franca. His first foray into the literary arena, the novel was panned by most critics.

The Wrap followed a young aimless Bostonian who couldn’t distinguish Star Treck from his real life. Most people might not have taken note of Grossman’s first work if he hadn’t gone out of his way to boost interest in the book by writing fake reviews on Amazon using different names.

The Action cost him somewhat; but, even then, the Wrap would have probably gone unnoticed if Grossman hadn’t written about his actions in an essay he titled “Terrors of the Amazon”.

Regardless of what some people came to think of him, his actions worked to raise his renown in literary circles. Lev Grossman’s efforts to make his mark where no more successful after the failures of The Wrap until he wrote The Magicians.

The book became a New York Times Bestseller and put Grossman on the map. Lev Grossman has often said that he never expected his books to gain such renown. Grossman’s goal was to make it big as a literary fiction author.

Fantasy fiction, for Lev Grossman, was childish and unworthy of his efforts. As such, discovering that his sensibilities lay in producing fantasy fiction came as a shock, though he accepted his calling and pursued the field.

Critics praised The Magician for being fresh, compelling and Inventive; and many have called it the Harry Potter novel for Adults. Because of his work on The Magicians, Grossman would eventually earn an Alex Award, a prize that is given to adult books for which young adults have a particular affinity.

He also eventually won the John W. Campbell Award for Best new Writer. Grossman went on to write more books set in the world of The Magicians. He also had the privilege of seeing his story adapted into a Television Series.

Lev Grossman has three children.

+The Magician

Quentin Coldwater is a precocious high school senior that always dismissed the idea of real magic. That was before he was admitted to a secretive college of magic, receiving the opportunity to partake in all the highs and lows a rigorous education in modern sorcery can offer.

However, even the love, sex, friendships and alcohol cannot quench Quentin’s passion for adventure, a passion he is able to satiate when he stumbles upon a secret.

The Magician is a very divisive book. A lot of readers have praised Lev Grossman’s first successful novel for exploring new realms, upending common stereotypes about magic and producing a fantastical story adults can enjoy.

Other readers detest his book and have accused Grossman of producing a clumsily written story that is inventive but poorly executed. While there is no denying the fact that the novel has problems, critics have commended Lev Grossman for pushing boundaries with this book, which creates a modern magical realm with dark intriguing elements.

+The Magician King

Quentin and his old friend Julia decide to end their pall lives of luxury as kings and queens of the fantastical realm of Fillory by sailing to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom to run an errand.

The journey purposed towards pleasure, ends in disaster when it strands Quentin and Julia back in the real world, at his parent’s house.

The sequel to Lev Grossman’s hit novel The Magicians has often proven to be just as divisive as its predecessor.

The novel follows the story of Quentin and his friends in the fantastical realm they stumbled upon in the first book. The story is structured as a quest, with Lev Grosman shaking things up by giving readers a glimpse into Julia’s perspective and delving into her story.

As with the first book, where some are impressed by the inventive nature of The Magician King, others have little patience for Grossman’s zany approach to writing.

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