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Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield
Author Steven Pressfield, June 2011
Born Port of Spain, Trinidad
Genre historical fiction
military fiction
Notable works Gates of Fire
The Afghan Campaign

Steven Pressfield (September 1943— ) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.


  • Biography 1
  • Fiction 2
  • Non-Fiction 3
  • Online series 4
  • Film work 5
  • References 6
    • Sources 6.1
  • External links 7


He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943, while his father was stationed there, in the Navy. He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and in 1966 joined the Marine Corps.[1] In the years following, he worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, attendant in a mental hospital, fruit-picker in Washington state, and screenwriter.[1] His struggles to make a living as an author, including the period when he was homeless and living out of the back of his car, are detailed in his book The War of Art.[1]

His first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was published in 1995, and made into a film of the same name, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Matt Damon, and directed by Robert Redford.[2]

His second novel, Gates of Fire, is about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae. It is taught at the U.S. Military Academy,[3] the United States Naval Academy, and the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico.[4][5]

In 2012, he launched the publishing house Black Irish Books with his agent Shawn Coyne.[6]


Front cover for the U.S. paperback edition of Gates of Fire


Online series

  • Writing WednesdaysAn ongoing, blog-version of The War of Art.
  • What It Takes A journal by Shawn Coyne and Callie Oettinger, that explores "What It Takes" in publishing and other industries and venues, to make things happen.
  • The Warrior Ethos
  • It's the Tribes, Stupid a blog about the tribes in Afghanistan
  • War Stories a blog dealing with issues of honor and virtue and courage in the face of adversity.
  • The Creative Process A Q&A with a wide range of creative people—from writers to business entrepreneurs and beyond—probing how they do that thing they do.

Film work

Prior to publishing his first original works of fiction, Pressfield wrote several Hollywood screenplays including Academy Award and Bafta winning stuntman Vic Armstrong.

His novel The Legend of Bagger Vance was made into a 2000 film starring Matt Damon as the golf pro and Will Smith as his spiritual guide.

Steven Pressfield also appeared as one of the historians in The History Channel's 2007 documentary "Last Stand of the 300" and a commentator on an episode of the History Channel’s “Decisive Battles” series featuring Alexander the Great on July 30, 2004.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Pressfield, Steven. "About". Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Legend of Bagger Vance". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  3. ^ Samet, Elizabeth D. (2007-09-30). "Matriculation: In the Valley of the Shadows". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pressfield, Steven. "About". Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  5. ^ Perry, Tony (2008-06-28). "'"Hunting 'the Desert Fox. Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Pressfield, Steven. "Announcing Turning Pro". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Steven Pressfield: Exploring Ancient Greece through Fiction". 


  • Pressfield, Steven. (2012 ed.). "War of Art". New York/Los Angeles: Black Irish Books. ISBN 978-1-936891-02-3
  • Pressfield, Steven. (2012 ed.). "Turning Pro". New York/Los Angeles: Black Irish Books. ISBN 978-1936891-03-0

External links

  • Steven Pressfield Official Website
  • Steven Pressfield at the Internet Movie Database
  • Steven Pressfield leads discussion about The Creative Battleground as guest host of LitChat
  • Steven Pressfield's "Writing Wednesdays" series
  • New York Times Blog "At War" features article about Steven Pressfield's blog and the "One Tribe At A Time" paper, by Major Jim Gant

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