Tracy Chevalier

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Tracy Chevalier
Tracy Chevalier tree.jpg
Born (1962-10-19) October 19, 1962 (age 51)
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality American and British
Citizenship United States
Education Bachelor's degree in English; Master's degree in Creative Writing
Alma mater Oberlin College
University of East Anglia
Genre Historical fiction
Notable works Girl with a Pearl Earring
Spouse Jonathan Drori
Children 1
Relatives Douglas Chevalier
Website
www.tchevalier.com

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Tracy Chevalier FRSL (born October 19, 1962) is an American historical novelist. She has written seven novels. She is best known for her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was made into a 2003 film, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

Personal background[edit]

Tracy Chevalier was born on October 19, 1962 in Washington, D.C.[1] She is the daughter of Douglas and Helen (née Werner) Chevalier. Her father was a photographer who worked with The Washington Post for over 30 years. Her mother died in 1970, when Chevalier was eight years old.[2] Chevalier has an older sister, Kim Chevalier, who resides in Soulan, France; and a brother, Michael Chevalier, who lives in Salida, Colorado.[3] As of 2013, Chevalier lives in London with her husband, Jonathan Drori[4] and son, Jacob.[2][5]

She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland in 1980. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College in 1984, she moved to England, where she began working in publishing. In 1993, she began studying Creative Writing, earning a Master's degree from the University of East Anglia. Her tutors included novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain,[5] while her fellow students who went on to be published include Martyn Bedford and Susan Elderkin.[citation needed]

Professional background[edit]

Following her graduation from Oberlin College, Chevalier moved to England, where she began working as an editorial assistant with Macmillan's Dictionary of Art, then later joined St. James Press, serving as a reference book editor.[6]

Her first novel, The Virgin Blue, was published in the UK in 1997 and was chosen by W H Smith for their showcase of new authors.[7] Her second novel, entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring, was published in 1999. The work, which was based on the famous painting by Vermeer, has been translated into 38 languages. As of 2013, it has sold over four million copies worldwide.[citation needed] It won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in 2000.[8] In 2003, a film based on the novel was released, receiving three Academy Award nominations in 2004, along with ten BAFTAs and two Golden Globes. Her 2013 novel, The Last Runaway was honored with the Ohioana Book Award[9] and was chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club for autumn 2013.[10]

Memberships[edit]

Chevalier has been involved in representing authors as a member of various community organizations. In 2006, she began serving as the chairperson for the Management Committee for the UK's Society of Authors, serving in that capacity for two years.[citation needed] In 2008, she joined the Advisory Board of the UK's Public Lending Right, while as serving as Patron of World Book Night.[citation needed] Girl with a Pearl Earring was chosen as one of the books given away in both the US and UK for World Book Night 2013. She is also an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust, where her husband serves as a member of the board of directors.[citation needed]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1997: WH Smith Fresh Talent for The Virgin Blue[citation needed]
  • 2000: Barnes and Noble Discover Award for Girl with a Pearl Earring[8]
  • 2008: Fellow, Royal Society of Literature[citation needed]
  • 2013: Ohioana Book Award, for The Last Runaway[9]
  • 2013: Richard and Judy Book Club book for The Last Runaway[10]
  • 2013: Honorary Doctorate, Oberlin College and University of East Anglia[citation needed]

Published works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharp, Michael D. (2006). Popular Contemporary Writers, Marshall Cavendish, page 349. ISBN 978-0761476016
  2. ^ a b Clare Geraghty (2013-03-24). "Tracy Chevalier - bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring - shares her keepsakes and family memories | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ Schudel, Matt (2007-06-10). "Photographer Douglas Chevalier". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Tracy Chevalier". the short review. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  5. ^ a b Jardine, Cassandra (2003-09-09). "I thought: 'Who's playing a prank?'". Telegraph.co.uk] (London). Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Tracy Chevalier - About Me". Tchevalier.com. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  7. ^ Helen Stevenson (1997-02-01). "Books: Independent choice: first novels - Books - Arts & Entertainment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Barnes & Noble.com Awards". Barnesandnoble.com. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Ohioana Fiction Set in Ohio: 2013 Winner". Ohioana.org. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  10. ^ a b "Autumn 2013 - Current Reads". Richard and Judy. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-10-06.