Walter Tevis was an English literature professor at Ohio University. He is the author of seven books, including three that were the basis of major motion pictures: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hustler, and The Color of Money. His other books include Mockingbird, Far From Home, and The Steps of the Sun. He died in 1984.
"The Queen's Gambit is sheer entertainment. It is a book I reread every few years--for the pure pleasure and skill of it." --Michael Ondaatje
"Compelling. . . . A magnificent obsession." --Los Angeles
"Beth Harmon is an unforgettable creation--and The Queen's Gambit is Walter Tevis's most consummate and heartbreaking work." --Jonathan Lethem "Gripping reading. . . .Nabokov's The Defense and Zweig's The Royal Game are the classics: now joining them is The Queen's Gambit." --The Financial Times "More exciting than any thriller I've seen lately; more than that, beautifully written. " --Martin Cruz Smith, author of GorkyPark "It's advisable to tape your fingers before opening The Queen's Gambit. Otherwise, the suspense may bring on nail-chewing right to the elbow." --Houston Chronicle
"Tevis traps us in the breathless drama of the moment and makes us feel the same intense involvement his characters feel." --The Plain Dealer "There's more excitement in Beth than in the collected works of Robert Ludlum." --Forth Worth Star-Telegram