A celebrated American author, he wrote acclaimed novels such as Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen's Union. His popular debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), launched his highly successful literary career.
He received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh. Later, he attended the University of California-Irvine, where he earned his MFA in creative writing.
He received the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
His brief first marriage was to Lollie Groth. Following his 1991 divorce, he wed
Sienna Miller starred in the film adaptation of his popular novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.