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Tracy Chevalier

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Born:
19 October 1962 in Washington, DC. Youngest of 3 children. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.

Childhood:
Nerdy. Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading. Favorite authors back then: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L’Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander. Book I would have taken to a desert island: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Education:
BA in English, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1984. No one was surprised that I went there; I was made for such a progressive, liberal place.

MA in creative writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 1994. There’s a lot of debate about whether or not you can be taught to write. Why doesn’t anyone ask that of professional singers, painters, d
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Sometimes I need to be quiet. I have spent a lot of the past two years talking about books, writing, myself, blah blah blah. It's time to give you and me a rest from me. It's like the old system of crop rotation where farmers left a field fallow every few years to give it a change to recover, and - apparently - for earthworms to grow.


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Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  27 votes, 20.6%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 16.0%

 
  12 votes, 9.2%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.6%

 
  9 votes, 6.9%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.1%

 
  8 votes, 6.1%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.3%

 
  5 votes, 3.8%

 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
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  2 votes, 1.5%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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