William Tanner Vollmann (born July 28, 1959 in Los Angeles, California) is an American novelist, journalist, short story writer, and essayist. For the novel Europe Central he won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife and daughter.
Vollmann studied at Deep Springs College, then earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in comparative literature at Cornell University.
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