16 Facts About Annie Dillard


Annie Dillard's has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir.

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From 1980, Annie Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Annie Dillard's spent four summers at the First Presbyterian Church Camp in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

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Annie Dillard's attended Pittsburgh Public Schools until fifth grade, and then The Ellis School until college.

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Annie Dillard attended Hollins College, in Roanoke, Virginia, where she studied literature and creative writing.

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Annie Dillard's works have been compared to those by Virginia Woolf, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and John Donne, and she cites Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Graham Greene, George Eliot, and Ernest Hemingway among her favorite authors.

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Annie Dillard's journals served as a source for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, a nonfiction narrative about the natural world near her home in Roanoke, Virginia.

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One day, Annie Dillard decided to begin a project in which she would write about whatever happened on Lummi Island within a three-day time period.

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One part takes place in China, where Annie Dillard was a member of a delegation of six American writers and publishers, following the fall of the Gang of Four.

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Annie Dillard took and arranged phrases from various old books, creating poems that are often ironic in tone.

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Annie Dillard's books have been translated into at least 10 languages.

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Two of Annie Dillard's books have won Maurice-Edgar Cointreau Prizes for Best Translation in English.

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In 1965, Annie married her creative writing professor, Richard Dillard.

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Annie Dillard's taught at Western Washington University part-time as a writer-in-residence.

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Annie Dillard's later married Gary Clevidence, an anthropology professor at WWU's Fairhaven College, and they have a child, Cody Rose.

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In 1975, Annie Dillard moved to the Pacific Northwest and taught for four years at Fairhaven College and Western Washington University.

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