Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard

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in Pittsburgh, PA, The United States
April 30, 1945




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Annie Dillard (born April 30, 1945) is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Average rating: 4.03 · 45,044 ratings · 4,884 reviews · 40 distinct works · Similar authors
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 13,012 ratings — published 1974 — 38 editions
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The Writing Life
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 6,834 ratings — published 1989 — 18 editions
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An American Childhood
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 5,636 ratings — published 1987 — 19 editions
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The Maytrees
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 3,917 ratings — published 2007 — 19 editions
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Teaching a Stone to Talk: E...
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 2,889 ratings — published 1982 — 14 editions
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Holy the Firm
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,641 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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For the Time Being
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 2,351 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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The Living
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,921 ratings — published 1992 — 23 editions
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Living by Fiction
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 661 ratings — published 1983 — 10 editions
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Three by Annie Dillard: Pil...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 446 ratings — published 1990
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“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time...give it, give it all, give it now.”
Annie Dillard

“Like any child, I slid into myself perfectly fitted, as a diver meets her reflection in a pool. Her fingertips enter the fingertips on the water, her wrists slide up her arms. The diver wraps herself in her reflection wholly, sealing it at the toes, and wears it as she climbs rising from the pool, and ever after.”
Annie Dillard, An American Childhood

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
Annie Dillard, The Living



What would you like to read with me in June?? I have not read any of the following but they are on my list or in my stacks. Please pick one.

Here is a bit about them:
1. Marjorie Morningstar =Novel by Herman Wouk, published in 1955, about a woman who rebels against the confining middle-class values of her industrious American-Jewish family. Her dream of being an actress ends in failure. She ultimately forfeits her illusions and marries a conventional man with whom she finds sufficient contentment as a suburban wife and mother, thus finally coming to accept her parents' values.

2. The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek = An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons -- a personal narrative highlighting one year's exploration on foot in the author's own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays 'King of the Meadow' with a field of grasshoppers.

3. The Doctor's Wife = "Lydia Haas has devoted herself to Jesus, her church, and her husband. Only recently, now that it's too late, has she understood how much she has sacrificed to all of them." "Michael Knowles is a rising young doctor, an ob-gyn at a prominent hospital. He is a man committed to his principles, to rescues with uncertain outcomes, and to his wife and the life they've made. He never intended to have to make a choice." "Annie Knowles is the "doctor's wife." The first time she walked into their 1812 Federal-style home in High Meadow, an idyllic town in upstate New York, she thought she'd be happy there forever. But that dream wore thin, and another man - a colleague at the local college where Annie teaches - is insinuating himself slowly, surely, passionately into her life." Simon Haas's paintings of his wife, Lydia - dating from when she was a child - made him famous, and infamous. The story behind those paintings, and behind his marriage, is not one Simon chooses to tell. Until he meets Annie Knowles.

Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
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The Doctor's Wife by Elizabeth BrundageThe Doctor's Wife by Elizabeth Brundage
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
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