This Goodly Land

Daniel Wallace (1959–present)

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Biographical Information

Daniel Wallace was born and raised in Mountain View, a suburb of Birmingham, Ala. He had a complicated relationship with his father, whose marriage to his mother ended in divorce. Wallace attended Emory University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but left before graduating. He lived and worked in Japan for two years, then returned to Chapel Hill. He took a job in a bookstore and began to write in his spare time. It was thirteen years before he sold his first novel, Big Fish. During that time, he supported himself and his family as an illustrator. He currently writes both novels and short stories.

Interests and Themes

Daniel Wallace’s novels are episodic in structure, with elements of magical realism and allusions to classical mythology. They frequently highlight father-son relationships. Two of his books are set in the fictional Alabama town of Ashland, based on Cullman.

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Photo by John Rosenthal; courtesy of Daniel Wallace.

Last updated on May 21, 2009.

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