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Anthony Doerr, an Award­Winning Writer

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on November 26, 2015

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Anthony Doerr is an award­winning writer whose professional career has spanned various genres. He has published five books: two collections of short stories (The Shell Collector and Memory Wall), a memoir (Four Seasons in Rome) and two novels (About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See).

During his childhood, Doerr became fascinated by books when he read the Chronicles of Narnia. Afterward, he wanted to create his own magic (as he once explained in an interview). His exceptional work has met with admiration ever since his debut collection, The Shell Collector, was published. His latest novel, All the Light We Cannot See, took over 10 years to write. It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

The Pulitzer­winning author’s other awards include four O. Henry Prizes, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, an Alex Award from the American Library Association, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, four Pushcart Prizes, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards and three Ohioana Book Awards. He is also the winner of the 2010 Story Prize for his short­story collection Memory Wall, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA Fellowship.

His short stories and articles have been published in The Best American Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, The Best American Essays and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr is a resident of Boise, Idaho, where he lives with his wife and two sons. He is currently working on his next book.



“UO: Anthony Doerr,” Interview with the Oregon Humanities Center, YouTube.com, May

15, 2014.

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