Stephen Chbosky has opened the eyes of many readers to a whole other world. He is not afraid to write on subjects that most authors would be afraid of doing so for the fear of receiving negative feedback. Stephen is most popular in the literary world for his first novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is more of a book for young adults. This book has been challenged for its strong content (rape, homosexuality, drugs, violence, i.e.) therefore causing it to get banned from certain schools around the United States. Despite how badly this book has gotten bashed, its still a favorite for many young adults. Many great American authors, such as Stephen Chbosky, in current and past generations have had their works challenged, but that does not mean they should be left in the dark unnoticed.
Stephen Chbosky, one of the many talented writers of our generation, was born on January 25, 1972 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was raised by Fred and Lea Chbosky. His father is a former CFO consultant and his mother, a tax preparer. They raised Stephen in Upper St. Clair where he attended and graduated from the town’s local high school. He then moved on to college at The University of Southern California where he participated in a filmic writing program and received his Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree in the year of 1992 (Thompson 1).
Chbosky is a liberal democrat, as well as an active gay rights supporter (Chandler 4), which is apparent in many of his works. He is not one to share personal information, he keeps to himself most of the time-- “This multi-talented movie writer, director, and author keeps a pretty low profile; but while his personal information is publicly limited, appreciation for his work certainly is not” (3).