Paul Fleischman Biography

Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Paul Fleischman was born in 1952 in Monterey on the California coast, and grew up in another coast-side city, Santa Monica. He attended...

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Paul Fleischman Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Paul Fleischman's career as a writer was his second choice. In an autobiographical sketch, he wrote, "If only I could write music I'd give up...

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Paul Fleischman Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Because his father is a noted author of children's books, one might assume that Paul Fleischman grew up wanting to follow in his footsteps,...

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Paul Fleischman Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Paul Fleischman is a versatile American writer whose hallmarks are the attention that he gives to voices and sounds, the authenticity with...

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Paul Fleischman Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

On September 5, 1952, in Monterey, California, Paul Fleischman was born to Albert Sidney, well-known children's author, and Beth Taylor...

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Paul Fleischman Biography

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Introduction

Like father, like son. Paul Fleischman’s father, Sid Fleischman, won the Newbery Medal in 1987 for his book The Whipping Boy. Paul won the award in 1989 for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. They are the only father-and-son pair to ever win the coveted prize. Sid would read the books he was writing to Paul chapter by chapter as he wrote them when Paul was a child. This led to the younger Fleischman’s love of literature and writing. He later became interested in authoring historical fiction after living in a 200-year-old home in New Hampshire. Along with his novels, he has written several plays that combine poetry, prose, and multiple points of view.

Essential Facts

  1. As a child, Fleischman would bicycle around his town and collect odd bits of trash, which he later made into sculptures. He still does interesting art projects—but now he uses his computer instead of trash.
  2. Fleischman said that he writes for young people because he enjoys the freedom of making up his own genres, something he feels he could not do if he were publishing books for adults.
  3. Fleischman has worked as a bookstore clerk, a library shelver, and a proofreader.
  4. He started the grammar watchdog groups ColonWatch and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to English.
  5. A film version of his novel A Fate Totally Worse Than Death was released in 2005.

Paul Fleischman Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Paul Fleischman loves researching "out-of-the-way corners of American history", and he incorporates many interesting and little-known...

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Paul Fleischman Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Paul Fleischman was born on September 5, 1952 in Monterey, California. His parents were Sid Fleischman, himself a notable author of books for...

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