Lev Grossman was born in 1969, the son of two English professors, and grew up in Lexington, MA, a suburb of Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought and absolutely nothing has happened since. He graduated from Harvard in 1991 with a degree in literature and spent several aimless years wandering around reading and temping and trying and failing to learn various foreign languages while his cleverer classmates accumulated money and houses and such. Then he spent three years in the Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Yale before he realized that a career in comparing literature was not for him.
So instead he set about turning myself into a journalist. He moved to New York City and worked for a string of dot-coms while writing magazine articles about books, technology and culture on the side. In 2002 he was hired by Time magazine and became its book reviewer as well as one of its lead technology writers. The New York Times says he is “among this country’s smartest and most reliable critics.” He has also written for Salon, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, The Believer, Lingua Franca and the New York Times. Once in a while he even shows up on NPR.
He published my first novel, WARP, in 1997; it vanished immediately, leaving behind only a handful of lousy Amazon reviews to mark its passing. His second novel, CODEX, came out in 2004 and became an international bestseller. His third novel, THE MAGICIANS, was published in 2009 and became a New York Times bestseller. The New Yorker named it one of the best books of 2009. The sequel, THE MAGICIAN KING, released on August 9, 2011 and the final book in the trilogy, THE MAGICIAN'S LAND, will be released in August 2014.
He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.