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Calvin Trillin

Author of About Alice

43+ Works 6,174 Members 167 Reviews 38 Favorited

About the Author

Calvin Trillin attended public schools in Kansas City and went on to Yale University and graduated in 1957; he later served as a Fellow of the University. He was born on December 5, 1935. He worked as a reporter for Time magazine before joining the staff of The New Yorker in 1963. His reporting for show more The New Yorker on the racial integration of the University of Georgia was published in his first book, An Education in Georgia. Family, travel and food are also themes in Trillin's work. Three of his books American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; and Third Helpings; were individually published and are also collected in the 1994 compendium The Tummy Trilogy. He has also written a collection of short stories Barnett Frummer Is An Unbloomed Flower (1969) and three comic novels, Runestruck (1977), Floater (1980), and Tepper Isn't Going Out (2001). Among his recent work, is Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, in 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Calvin Trillin

About Alice (2006) 886 copies
The Tummy Trilogy (1994) 418 copies
Travels with Alice (1989) 389 copies
Remembering Denny (1993) 277 copies
Family Man (1998) 248 copies
Killings (1984) 206 copies
Too Soon to Tell (1995) 156 copies
American Stories (1991) 152 copies
Uncivil liberties (1982) 140 copies
Third Helpings (1983) 133 copies
Floater (1980) 68 copies
Runestruck (1977) 32 copies
U.S. Journal (1971) 12 copies
ALICE, LET'S EAT (1978) 2 copies
Floater : a novel (1656) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (2004) — Contributor — 1,322 copies
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contributor — 535 copies
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contributor — 324 copies
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 298 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 291 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 211 copies
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 207 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 205 copies
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon (1943) — Foreword, some editions — 184 copies
Great British Cooking: Wellkept Secret, A (1981) — Foreword, some editions — 155 copies
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Contributor — 131 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 124 copies
Best Food Writing 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 99 copies
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (2021) — Contributor — 88 copies
Best Food Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Best American Essays 1987 (1987) — Contributor — 85 copies
Best Food Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 82 copies
Best Food Writing 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 67 copies
Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 66 copies
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 60 copies
Best Food Writing 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 (2011) — Contributor — 58 copies
Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror (1997) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contributor — 52 copies
Howe and Hummel: Their True and Scandalous History (1947) — Introduction, some editions — 51 copies
They Went: The Art and Craft of Travel Writing (1991) — Contributor — 35 copies
National Geographic Magazine 2005 v208 #5 November (2005) — Contributor — 28 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Trillin, Calvin
Legal name
Trillin, Calvin Marshall
Other names
Trillin, Buddy
Birthdate
1935-12-05
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Places of residence
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
New York, New York, USA
Education
Yale University (B.A.|1957)
Occupations
actor
journalist
humorist
food writer
novelist
poet
Relationships
Trillin, Alice (wife)
Organizations
Time
The New Yorker
The Nation
United States Army
Awards and honors
Thurber Prize for American Humor (2012)
Short biography
A longtime staff writer at The New Yorker, Calvin Trillin is also The Nation's deadline poet.  He lives in Greenwich Village, which he describes as "a neighborhood where people from the suburbs come on weekends to test their car alarms."

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Smartly and deftly written, I rather enjoyed it.
 
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mimo | 24 other reviews | Dec 18, 2023 |
I really wanted to like this a lot more. It is occasionally clever, with a few chuckles. But most of it was really just recounting the events of the 2012 presidential campaign with the gimmick that it's in rhyme most of the time. Nothing to do with portraying the participants as dogs, which was a really lost opportunity in selecting breeds and personality traits. Some minor charm, but ultimately disappointing.
 
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sheldonnylander | 6 other reviews | Apr 5, 2023 |
When it comes to movies, there's a certain kind of movie that my partner and I say is really great on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Usually not an Oscar winner, often not even widely known but one that brings a smile to your face and makes you glad you spent the time to relax and enjoy it.

This book is the literary equivalent. "Comfortable" to read and brought a smile to my face.
 
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toddtyrtle | 24 other reviews | Dec 28, 2022 |
A mild-mannered New Yorker raises all kinds of disturbances by simply choosing to sit in his legally-parked car and read his paper. Echoes of the Peter Sellers movie "Being There" as various people attempt to interpret his actions in different ways.
½
 
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