Steven Kaplan received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Colorado. He is working on a full length study of Tim O’Brien’s fiction. This interview was conducted in January of 1991 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. 
Dec 01 1991
An Interview with Tim O'Brien
Everything I’ve written has come partly out of my own concerns as a human being, and often directly out of those concerns, but the story lines themselves, the events of the stories, and the characters in the stories, the places in the stories, are almost all invented, even the Vietnam stuff. If I don’t know it I just make it up, trying not to violate the world as I know it. Ninety percent or more of the material in the book is invented, and I invented 90 percent of a new Tim O’Brien, maybe even more than that.