Anthony Doerr

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Anthony Doerr
Born 1973
Cleveland, Ohio
Occupation novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater Bowdoin College (B.A.)
Bowling Green State University (M.F.A.)

Anthony Doerr (born 1973) is an American author of novels and short stories. He gained widespread recognition for his 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See.

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in Novelty, Ohio,[1] Doerr attended the nearby University School, where he graduated in 1991. He then majored in history at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he graduated in 1995, and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.[2]


Many of the stories in Shell Collector (2002), take place in Africa and New Zealand, where he has worked and lived. He wrote another book of short stories called Memory Wall (2010).

His novel, All the Light We Cannot See, was published in 2014. It received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.[3] The book was a New York Times bestseller and was named by the newspaper as a notable book of 2014.[4]

Doerr also writes a column on science books for the Boston Globe and is a contributor to The Morning News, an online magazine.

From 2007 to 2010, he was the writer-in-residence for the state of Idaho.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Doerr is married with twin sons and lives in Boise, Idaho.



Short story collections[edit]


  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World[8] (2007) ISBN 978-1-4165-4001-4



  1. ^ Long, Karen R. (April 9, 2011). "Anthony Doerr Wins Lucrative Short-story Prize". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Doerr". 
  3. ^ Alex Shephard (October 15, 2014). "National Book Awards shortlists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2014". 
  5. ^ "ICA". 
  6. ^ "Anthony Doerr Is A Recognized (And Slightly Wealthier) Fellow". Boise Weekly. 
  7. ^ "The Shell Collector". 
  8. ^ "Four Seasons in Rome". 
  9. ^ Staff writer (April 8, 2011). "Anthony Doerr wins Short Story award". BBC News. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff writer (April 9, 2011). "A heartwarming win for a heartbreaking tale". The Sunday Times. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 

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