Geoffrey Wolff

Father of Justin Wolff, Geoffrey Wolff was book critic from 1964 to 1969 for the Washington Post; from 1969–71, he was Newsweek’s literary critic. He has taught and/or served as writer-in-residence at Middlebury and Goddard Colleges and Columbia, Princeton, Brown, and Brandeis Universities.

July 3, 1996, page 40 Bad News (fatherhood and mortality)

Sept. 11, 2003, page 88 Reading (interview of Wolff by Judith Moore)

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Articles by Geoffrey Wolff

Best Reader stories from 1996

San Diego mafia, Fotomat, Afghans, freeway driving, Korean War, Black's Beach, dolphins kill tuna fishing, Olaf Wieghorst, pigeon racing, diary of orange grove

Mafia in San Diego before World War II (first in series of six stories) “The raids, all made with search warrants, started soon after noon and were not completed until early evening. All of the ...

Geoffrey Wolff on fatherhood and mortality

Bad news

A few hours before dawn a bedside phone woke my wife and me. My older son Nicholas, nine, was at a lakeside summer camp in Vermont. This was many years ago, but the subsequent conversation ...

I wanted to get as far as I could from my father in La Jolla

Tobias and Geoffrey Wolff and the summer of 1962

On the hot, breathless, soft, fragrant afternoon of my graduation from Princeton it seemed that everything good was note merely latant but unavoidable, folded and in the bag. I’d worked like a Turk those past ...