Tracy Chevalier signing books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2007
|Born||October 19, 1962
Washington, D.C., USA
|Notable work(s)||Girl with a Pearl Earring, Burning Bright|
Chevalier was raised in Washington, D.C and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland. After receiving her B.A. in English from Oberlin College, she moved to England in 1984 where she worked several years as a reference book editor. Leaving her job in 1993, she began a year-long M.A in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her tutors on the course were novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain.
Her career began with the book The Virgin Blue but she became known with her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, a book based on the famous painting by Vermeer. The film based on the novel received three Academy Award nominations in 2004. Burning Bright, published in March 2007, concerns two children who become neighbours of William Blake in London in 1792. Her sixth novel is Remarkable Creatures, based on the life of the English 19th-century fossil collector Mary Anning. Her most recent is The Last Runaway, about an English Quaker who moves to the rural Ohio and gets involved in the Underground Railroad. She will give the Commencement Address at Oberlin College's 2013 Graduation Ceremony. Although students were perturbed upon hearing that she was replacing Michelle Obama, Chevalier has promised a vigorous, lively, and astute performance that will challenge notions of identity within rural Ohio.
Published works 
- The Virgin Blue (London: Plume, 1997) ISBN 0-452-28444-9
- Girl with a Pearl Earring (New York: Dutton, 1999) ISBN 0-525-94527-X
- Falling Angels (New York: Dutton, 2001) ISBN 0-525-94581-4
- The Lady and the Unicorn (New York: Dutton Adult, 2003) ISBN 0-525-94767-1
- Burning Bright (HarperCollins, March 2007) ISBN 0-00-717835-2
- Remarkable Creatures (HarperCollins, August 2009) ISBN 0-00-717837-9
- The Last Runaway (Harper Collins, January 2013) ISBN 0-52-595299-3
- Michael D. Sharp, Popular Contemporary Writers (Marshall Cavendish, 2006) p349
- Jardine, Cassandra (September 9, 2003). "I thought: 'Who's playing a prank?'". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- Campbell, Karen (18 August 2003). "Compelling 'Blue' links past and present". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- "Tracy Chevalier's 'Remarkable' Real-Life Heroine". NPR. January 2, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- "Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier". Daily Mail (London). February 27, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- "A Story Of Slavery, Loss And Hope In 1850s Ohio". NPR. January 1, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Official Website
- Tracy Chevalier on Twitter
- Tracy Chevalier at British Council: Literature
- Tracy Chevalier talks about The Lady and the Unicorn on MeetTheAuthor.co.uk
- British Library Podcast Tracy Chevalier reads from her novel Burning Bright and discusses William Blake's Notebook with Blake scholar Michael Phillips.