Annie Dillard (Born 1945) is an American author. Her works include Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974), Teaching a Stone to Talk (1982), and The Living (1992). She won a Pulitzer Prize for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
Life and Works
Dillard was born Meta Ann Doak on April 30, 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of three daughters of a minor corporate executive. As a child, she attended a Presbyterian church which her parents did not attend, ceased attendance because of hypocrisy, and was given several tapes of C.S. Lewis lectures which later influenced her. As a teen, she rebelled against her parent's country club lifestyle, got in trouble as school, and became interested in poetry, notably Ralph Waldo Emerson. She attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, married her creative writing professor, and in 1974, become the youngest American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, for her collection of narrative essays Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974). She tells of her year living by a creek in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and her childhood in the memoir An American Childhood (1987). In 1992, she wrote her first novel, The Living, about the logging industry. She has continued to write many essays and poems concerning nature, God, and metaphysics, and is influenced by Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau.
- The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. Prentice Hall: New York, 1991.
- "Dillard, Annie." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.