Andy Solomon was born in New York in the heart of Manhattan and grew to semi-maturity—the condition in which some contend he still languishes—in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
He attended Mt. Vernon public schools, and after setting the Mt. Vernon Little League record for most sprained thumbs by a catcher lettered in baseball, football, and basketball before going off to the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in psychology, English, and riotous undergraduate bacchanalia. He studied for a year in the clinical psychology doctoral program at SUNY—Buffalo before returning to Pittsburgh for his doctorate in English literature, specializing in Shakespeare. After the birth of his son, Marty, he moved to Florida and began teaching at the University of Tampa where he designed the creative writing major. Among his writing students were Steven Boyett (Ariel), Amy Hill Hearth (Having Our Say: the Delany Sisters’ First One Hundred Years), Connie May Fowler (Before Women Had Wings), Jen A. Miller (The Jersey Shore), Sean Manning (The Things That Need Doing), Daniel Springer (The Wilco Project) and many other authors, journalists, and editors. In the 1990s he left the writing program to become the university’s Shakespearean.
He has been a laundry truck driver, a waiter, a bartender, a foundry worker, a horseback riding guide, Advanced Placement grader, and driven a Good Humor truck.
He has written on Shakespeare, Twain, single parenting, motorcycling, and many other subjects, and his work has appeared in Shakespeare’s Late Plays, the Mark Twain Journal, the Atlantic, The American Theosophist, The Father’s Book, Boulevard, Contemporary Novelists, The New Orleans Review, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Encyclopedia of American Literature, Southern Quarterly, and Creative Nonfiction. A member of The National Book Critics Circle and finalist for its award for criticism, he has been book critic for The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, St. Petersburg Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio and many other outlets.