William T. Vollmann was born in California in 1959. He has worked as a journalist for BBC Radio, The New Yorker, Spin, Granta, The Los Angeles Times, and other venues. He is the author of a number of various works of fiction and nonfiction, including Europe Central (Viking, 2005), which won the National Book Award, Poor People (Ecco Press, 2007), which won the French Prix du Meilleur livre etranger in the essay category, and the seven-volume essay on violence Rising Up and Rising Down (McSweeny's, 2003). He is especially proud of having been (as he found from reading his FBI file) both a Unabomber suspect and an anthrax suspect. Although many of Vollmann's books and articles contain his photographs and drawings, the first work exclusively devoted to his photography was Imperial, which powerHouse published in 2008 (while Viking brought out an accompanying text volume of the same name).
"Whether or not it turns him on, whether or not it makes him feel
more like, or better than, himself, becoming Dolores in words and
images gives Vollmann one more way to say that his own world is
what he can make it."
-Stephen Burt, New Yorker
"Indeed, many of the images in "The Book of Dolores" have
a garish sideshow quality: Dolores with whip and dog collar;
Dolores with a noose around her neck; Dolores as a deranged
clown...The results are shocking -- a sense of shock that Mr.
Vollmann cultivates. Sometimes he even scares himself."
-The New York Times "Vollmann's latest, The Book of Dolores, is perhaps his most unusual, which is no small assertion."
-Newsweek "A major writer has left us alone in his studio to play around with his tools: cameras, film, developing baths, brushes, paints, pencils and pens. He has left us alone in the studio of his sex."
-New York Observer "The results of the experiment are undeniably transfixing, a mixed-media look at a raw and intimate transformation."
-New York magazine's "The Cut" blog Named one of photo-eye's best photo books of the year.