Michaels, Leonard (b. Jan. 2, 1933, New York, N.Y., U.S.)
American short-story writer, novelist, and essayist known for his compelling urban tales of whimsy and tragedy.
Michaels was educated at New York University and at the University of Michigan. He later taught in New York City and at the University of California at Davis. Many of the stories in his first two volumes of short fiction--Going Places (1969) and I Would Have Saved Them If I Could (1975)--center on Phillip Liebowitz, a picaresque Jewish-American.
In 1981 Michaels published his first novel, The Men's Club. Shuffle (1990) is a poignant book of memoirs of the author's mother, father, and first wife, Sylvia, who was also the focus of Sylvia: A Fictional Memoir (1992). Michaels also wrote a play, City Boy (produced 1985), and a collection of essays, To Feel These Things (1993).