The Writer PBS Series
Channel 17, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
October 21, 2001
Annie Proulx is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Shipping News (1993), which also received the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the National Book Award. She is most recently the author of Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999). Her other books include Accordion Crimes (1996), and Postcards (1992), which received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and a collection of short stories, Heart Songs and Other Stories. Her books have been translated into twenty languages.
All the stories in Close Range are set in Wyoming; the protagonists are ranchers, cowboys, rodeo riders and farmers, modern frontiersmen and women who cope with hard times and hard love-lives in a harsh landscape. She lives in Wyoming.
Annie Proulx was a visiting guest at the Writers Institute on November 16, 1999.
In praise of Close Range. . .
"Gritty, authoritative stories of loving, losing, and bearing the consequences. Nobody else writes like this, and Proulx has never written better." — Kirkus Reviews
Ms. Proulx writes with all the brutal beauty of one of her Wyoming snowstorms. Her people not only 'stand' the bad luck and heartbreak that comes their way; they stare it down with astonishing strength, and sometimes they manage to triumph." — Wall Street Journal
"This is splendid material, set out with pain and compassion but above all with a shrewdness of observation. . ."— New York Times
Books by Annie Proulx:
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