8 April 2014
From Backyard Painter to WorldFamous Writer
Annie Dillard was born on April 30, 1945 as Meta Ann Doak in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was pushed by her high school teachers and attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. Dillard studied literature and creative writing. Sometime in her first two years at school she met Richard Dillard, who she would be engaged to marry her sophomore year of college. After she graduated, she married and moved in with her husband. She experimented with all types of art including painting, drawing, and writing poems (Biography). In 1974, she published Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. She then became the youngest woman at 28 to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. Dillard has published novels, essay collections, poem collections, an autobiography, and more. She won the New York Press Club Award for Excellence in 1975, the Washington Governor's Award for Literature in 1977, the Connecticut Governor's Arts Award in 1993, the Western Pennsylvania Historical Society History Makers Award in 1993, and over 30 more in her lifetime (Annie Dillard, Annie Dillard Official Website). Recently, Annie Dillard has been keeping a pretty low profile because she is getting pretty old. In 2007, she published The Maytrees: A Novel. She stated that it would probably be her last work (Simon). Unlike many authors, Dillard was not affected or moved by specific moments in her life, but she does recall memories as a child in essays like “The Chase.” Like any person, Annie Dillard was most influenced by her childhood. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Virginia and attended
a Presbyterian elementary school. She went to art classes every Saturday morning for four years at Carnegie Music Hall. Dillard was most inspired by her father though. She read many books in hope of learning everything (Dillard, The Writing Life). She especially enjoyed reading The ...
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