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Annie Proulx

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Annie Proulx
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Annie Proulx Birth:

Edna Annie Proulx was born on August 22, 1935, in Norwich, Connecticut.

Annie Proulx Background and Writing:

The oldest of five sisters and daughter of a textile company vice president, Annie Proulx moved considerably as a child. Though born in Connecticut, she graduated high school in Portland, Maine and attended Colby College for a short time in nearby Waterville. While three, Proulx met her first husband and she left college to work at various jobs. She returned to college at the University of Vermont in the late 1960's and received her Bachelor's degree in History in 1969. This was followed by an M.A. from Sir George Williams University in Montreal in 1973.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Proulx wrote articles for several magazines including Esquire and Country Journal. Also, during this time, she wrote a series of homesteading books, such as Sweet and Hard Cider: Making It, Using It and Enjoying It.
Proulx's break in writing came when she landed two stories in the The Best American Short Stories, in 1983 and 1987. In 1988, she published her first book of fiction, Heart Songs and Other Stories (1988), and in 1992 her first novel, Postcards, about a man who flees his family after accidentally killing his fiance. Postcards won the PEN/Faulkner award. She followed quickly with The Shipping News, a darkly comic novel about a newsman in Newfoundland. The Shipping News won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and launched Proulx into the literary stratosphere.
Since then, Proulx has won two O. Henry Prize stories - for "Brokeback Mountain" in 1998 and for "The Mud Below" in 1999. She moved to Wyoming in 1994 and has published three collections of "Wyoming Stories," and in 2011, Bird Cloud, a memoir that recalls the building of her dream home on a square mile of land in Wyoming's high plains.

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