Annie Dillard

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“There are no events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for another time.” (Dillard qtd. In Krakauer 200)

Annie Dillard was and still is a stay at home wife, as well as an accomplished writer but also a controversial thinker. Her work and views on the world “met both critical and popular acclaim.” (“Annie Dillard” Grolier n.p.) Annie Dillard was born on April 30, 1945 and raised in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. She attended The Ellis School in her in elementary school and high school, and after graduating she attended Hollins College, which is now Hollins University, near Roanoke VA. She earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Hollins. When she was a sophomore she married her professor of writing, “the poet R. H. W. Dillard,” (“Annie Dillard” Biblio) and after college she became “religiously promiscuous.” (Sandra Stahlman Elliott) She would later weave this knowledge she gained from that period into her writing. Many writers have written books after experiencing a near death situation or illness. The first book that she wrote, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, was inspired after a near fatal case of pneumonia. This book was also her most famous book, although she has also written many other books including Ticket for a Prayer Wheel and An American Childhood. Dillard also doesn’t just enjoy writing, but also reading. It is not uncommon for her to read more than one hundred books per year. She reads her favorite book, The Field Book of Ponds and Streams by Ann H. Morgan, every year. In an interview with the Washington Post Annie told the reporter that she felt that she was first a mother and a wife and that her writing came second.

Works Cited
Elliot, Sandra Stahlman. “Annie Dillard.” Biography. 20 January 2009.

Johnson, Jone. “Annie Dillard.” Quotes. 22 January 2009.

McEneaney, Kevin T. “Annie Dillard.” Encyclopedia Americana. 2009. Grolier Online. 20...
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