Anthony Breznican

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Breznican at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

Anthony Breznican (born 1976/1977)[1] is an American journalist and novelist who writes for Vanity Fair. He is a former senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly,[2] has also reported for USA Today and the Associated Press, and has written notably about Philip Seymour Hoffman[3][4] and Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,[5][6] among other topics. His first novel, Brutal Youth, was published by the Thomas Dunne imprint of St. Martin's Press in June 2014.[7] Reviewing the novel for Library Journal, Jan Blodgett said "Breznican captures a perfect balance of horror, heartbreak, and resilience" in his depiction of a Catholic high school fraught with hazing.[8] In USA Today Kevin Nance called it a "bluntly effective debut novel" and "crackling good entertainment."[9]

Breznican grew up in New Kensington, Pennsylvania[10] and attended the University of Pittsburgh.[1] He is married with two children and lives in Los Angeles.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Vancheri, Barbara (June 26, 2014). "'Brutal Youth' author, New Kensington native returns to hometown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "'Brutal Youth': Three High Schoolers Fight To Survive Bullying". All Things Considered. NPR. June 14, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Dreher, Rod (February 6, 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman: Dad". The American Conservative. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Horgan, Richard (February 6, 2014). "EW Writer Shares Three-Act Philip Seymour Hoffman Memory". AdWeek. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Codinha, Alessandra (May 23, 2017). "In the Aftermath of Tragedy in Manchester, a Mister Rogers Story Takes the Internet By Storm". Vogue. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Jones, Hayley (January 30, 2017). "After Manchester, This Amazing 'Mister Rogers' Story May Be More Important Than Ever". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Summer Books Preview 2014". Los Angeles Times. May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Blodgett, Jan (June 5, 2014). "Fiction from Hilderbrand, McGrath, Thayer, & Woods, and Debuts from Breznican & Dicker | Xpress Reviews". Library Journal Reviews. Archived from the original on October 21, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Nance, Kevin (June 21, 2014). "Breznican's 'Youth' is brutal but not boring". USA Today. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Sacks, Ethan (June 2, 2015). "Anthony Breznican takes novel approach with 'Brutal Youth'". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 23, 2017.

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