Catherine Petroski

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Catherine Petroski (born 1939), born Catherine Groom in St. Louis, Missouri, is an American writer and photographer.


She holds degrees from MacMurray College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught writing and literature at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and aboard ships at sea. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Authors Guild, and SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research.

William H. Gass described her writing as "quiet, lyrical, deeply meditative" prose from which a "lovely and mysterious" meaning emerges.... "It is a process that is wonderful to watch." Novelist Hilma Wolitzer wrote that Petroski "understands perfectly the world of childhood and makes the reader see the ways in which we become adults."

Maritime historian Joan Druett described A Bride's Passage as "a superbly written, formidably researched retelling of Susan Hathorn's honeymoon voyage through the pages of her diary." Publishers Weekly's starred review described A Bride's Passage as "a compelling contribution to maritime literature and the lives of Victorian-age women...."

She lives in Durham, North Carolina[1] with her husband, the engineer and author Henry Petroski; they have children Karen and Stephen.


She has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Creative Writing, residency fellowships at the Corporation of Yaddo, and has been a Scholar and a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. She won the Texas Institute of Letters Prize in short fiction, and her biography of Susan Hathorn, A Bride's Passage: Susan Hathorn's Year Under Sail, won the John Lyman Prize for Biography and was hailed as "a valuable social history of a maritime family in mid-19th-century New England."




  • The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship, by Henry Petroski. W. W. Norton, 2014. ISBN 978-0393242041

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  1. ^ "Catherine Petroski | Directory of Writers | Poets & Writers". 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ Gravity and Other Stories. "Gravity and Other Stories: Catherine Petroski: 9780931362057: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  3. ^ Beautiful My Mane in the Wind (1983-02-23). "Beautiful My Mane in the Wind: Catherine Petroski,Robert Andrew Parker: 9780395330746: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ The summer that lasted forever (1999-10-31). "The summer that lasted forever: Catherine Petroski: 9780395353882: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  5. ^ A Bride's Passage: Susan Hathorn's Year Under Sail. "A Bride's Passage: Susan Hathorn's Year Under Sail: Catherine Petroski: 9781555532970: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  6. ^ The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood (1997-05-05). "The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories About Childhood: Lorrie Moore: 9780571170838: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  7. ^ "I Know Some Things: Stories about Childhood by Contemporary Writers: Lorrie Moore: 9780571198023: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  8. ^ &#8250 Christian McEwen. "Jo's Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure,True Grit,and Real Life: Christian McEwen: 0046442062114: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  9. ^ The Available Press/PEN Short Story Collection (1985-10-12). "The Available Press/PEN Short Story Collection: Alice Adams: 9780345321268: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  10. ^ Julia L. Mickenberg. "Stories for Free Children (Mcgraw-Hill Paperbacks): Letty Cottin Pogrebin: 9780070503984: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  11. ^ Prize Stories, Texas Institute of Letters. "Prize Stories,Texas Institute of Letters: Marshall Terry: 9780933841048: Books". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 

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