Thomas MallonThomas Mallon (born November 2, 1951) is an American novelist, essayist, and critic. His novels are renowned for their attention to historical detail and context and for the author's crisp wit and interest in the "bystanders" to larger historical events. He is the author of nine books of fiction, including ''Henry and Clara'', ''Two Moons'', ''Dewey Defeats Truman'', ''Aurora 7'', ''Bandbox'', ''Fellow Travelers'', ''Watergate'', and most recently ''Finale''. He has also published nonfiction on plagiarism (''Stolen Words''), diaries (''A Book of One's Own''), letters (''Yours Ever'') and the Kennedy assassination (''Mrs. Paine's Garage''), as well as two volumes of essays (''Rockets and Rodeos'' and ''In Fact'').
He is a former literary editor of ''Gentleman's Quarterly'', where he wrote the "Doubting Thomas" column in the 1990s, and has contributed frequently to ''The New Yorker'', ''The New York Times Book Review'', ''The Atlantic Monthly'', ''The American Scholar'', and other periodicals. He was appointed a member of the National Council on the Humanities in 2002 and served as Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2005-2006.
His honors include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the National Book Critics Circle citation for reviewing, and the [https://web.archive.org/web/20081013232216/http://www.artsandletters.org/awards2_popup.php?abbrev=Vursell Vursell prize] of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for distinguished prose style. He was elected as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Provided by Wikipedia