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Stephen Chbosky (1972-) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

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Born 1972, in Pittsburgh, PA; Ethnicity: "Polish, Slovack, Irish, Scotch." Education: University of Southern California, B.F.A., 1992.


Agent—Jeff Gorin, William Morris Agency, 1 William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Screenwriter, television writer, and stage writer. Director of film The Four Corners of Nowhere, 1995.


(And director) The Four Corners of Nowhere (screenplay), 1995.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (young-adult novel), MTV Books (New York, NY), 1999.

(Editor) Pieces: A Collection of New Voices, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2000.

(Co-editor and contributor) Sexaholix (stage play), Rebel Productions, 2001.

Rent (screenplay; based on the stage play by Jonathan Larson), Revolution Studios, 2005.

Author, with Bill Russell, of book for musical Kept; author of screenplay Audrey Hepburn's Neck and, with Jon Sherman, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, based on the novel by Michael Chabon.

Work in Progress

A screenplay adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.


Pennsylvania-born screenwriter, stage writer, and television writer Stephen Chbosky is also the author of the coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In this novel Chbosky opens a window onto the depressed world of a fifteen-year-old tenth grader named Charlie. While Charlie explores the traditional teenage pursuits of sex, drugs, and dating, he conveys his adventures through a series of letters sent to an unnamed friend. Charlie's main relationships are with best friend Patrick, who is gay, and Sam, a girl Charlie has fallen for although she is already romantically involved. "Intellectually precocious, Charlie seems a tad too naïve in many other ways, yet his reflections on family interactions, first date, drug experimentation, first sexual encounter, and regular participation in Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings are compelling," commented Sally Estes in Booklist. Stephanie Zvirin, also writing in Booklist, referred to The Perks of Being a Wallflower as a "darkly funny, explicit novel."

Chbosky did not intend The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be a young-adult novel, but because of its graphic focus on adolescent life it has been viewed as such by many critics. In an interview with Marty Beckerman for wordriot.com, Chbosky discussed how he responded to the criticism and controversy that followed the book's publication. "It's hard, because I didn't write it to be challenged. I didn't write it to be a controversial book. I can't really take it as a point of pride because it was banned someplace." Instead, Chbosky has
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reacted by "mourning the fact that people can't agree to disagree, and people can't find common ground. The people who object for moral reasons cannot see the value of the book, and the people who see the value of the book don't realize why it's upsetting to more religious people."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, February 15, 1999, Sally Estes, review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, p. 1038; March 15, 2000, review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, p. 1361; June 1, 2001, Stephanie Zvirin, review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, p. 1863.

Publishers Weekly, January 25, 1999, review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, p. 73; July 24, 2000, p. 71.

School Library Journal, June, 1999, Francisca Goldsmith, review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, p. 126.

Time, July 19, 1999, review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, p. 79.

Variety, May 6, 2002, Dennis Harvey, review of Kept, p. 49.


PittsburghLive Online, http://www.pittsburghlive.com/ (November 22, 2005), Ed Blank, interview with Chbosky.

WordRiot.org, http://www.wordriot.org/ (August 10, 2005), Marty Beckerman, interview with Chbosky.

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almost 4 years ago

I would like to talk to Steven because I would like to know more about the book perks of being a wallflower I've been wondering this for that past couple of years now and can't help but say it is one of my favorite books, well it is my favorite book,and I really need more information about it because it is driving me crazy. My small group of friends(her name is Jami so basically only one person) well my friend Jamie had passed away recently and I could use some closure. This was me and her's favorite book and all she ever wanted to know was what happened to charlie and his friends? Did he get better? I can't help but to blame myself for her tragic "accident". My friend jamie was having what you said in your book, "problems at home", she was being abused, sexually, verbally, physically. She only told me once and never mentioned it again because I told my favorite teacher Mrs.Wisneauski and she confronted Jamie's dad and he was sent to jail for 5 years and Jamie was sent to a foster home. She was in they're for two months when she texted me, "bye". I didn't know what bye meant because in those two months she never talked to me so I was confused. But the next day when I went to visit her Mrs. & Mr. Anderson were crying saying that she killed herself for what reason they don't know why. I can't help but think I could've done something when she sent that text message "bye". I just wished I knew why he did it like charlie wanted to know about Michael and why? I think I just need to do things tat would've made her happy if she were here today, and this, knowing this would've made her happy, please contacts me @ramousebbe123@gmail.com I really need to know this for closure.
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over 4 years ago


My name is Dr. Karen Blair-Brand. Yesterday, I attended the PCTELA Conference at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center representing the English Speaking Union of the United States. I purchase and had Stephen Chbosky autograph the book and discussed with Stephen my young cousin who wants to go into film making. She is currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh and told him her first name Sarah. He told me to tell her to come to see the film about The Perks of being a Wallflower and she did with her grandfather, but Stephen had another speaking engagement on Friday evening. Could you please give me an email address or some way Sarah could converse with Steve about the movie and what she aspires to do with her life. Thank you,
Karen Blair-Brand

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almost 8 years ago

I just always wanted to tell Stephen Chbosky how much his book, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, has touched my life. I'm sure he gets that a million times a day. But I just always wanted to ask Who was Charlie writing too? and Where did Charlie live?

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over 8 years ago

I enjoyed this book very much, and although I was only initially interested in reading it because of it's somewhat controversial nature that quickly changed as the book progressed, and I'm not sure If I'm experiencing the same thing as Charlie does, but It happens to be my favorite book (it's the last book I read)