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Michael Chabon signs first novel in 1988 January 25, 2011

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Michael Chabon, UCI MFA in Creative Writing (1987), received one of the largest advances ever for a first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Morrow, 1988), based on his UCI Master’s Thesis. Donald Heiney, co-director of the MFA writing program with Oakley Hall for nearly 20 years, was Chabon’s teacher and instrumental in promoting the first novel to the publisher. Michael Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Random House, 2000). At left, Chabon signs copies of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh at the UCI book store on May 11, 1988. He was 24 years old.

AS-061. University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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