Nicholson Baker (b. 1957)

American novelist and essayist. Born in New York City, Baker grew up in Rochester, New York, and earned a B.A. in philosophy at Haverford College. Since then he has devoted himself to writing cerebral fictions as well as numerous articles and book-length essays espousing pacifism, the pleasures of reading, and the need to preserve libraries. His first novel, The Mezzanine (1988), set the template for much of his fiction: little action, but a close examination of moment-to-moment consciousness, intricately depicted in a text embellished with copious footnotes. His eight novels include Vox (1992) and, most recently, The Anthologist (2009), a rumination on poets and poetry. Baker presently lives in Maine and is a professor at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. See also