Doerr in 2009
1973 (age 42–43)|
Bowdoin College (B.A.)|
Bowling Green State University (M.F.A.)
Early life and education
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, 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.
Doerr's first published book was a collection of short stories called The Shell Collector (2002). Many of the stories 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 first novel, About Grace, was released in 2004. Doerr then wrote a memoir, Four Seasons in Rome, which was published in 2007.
Doerr's second novel, All the Light We Cannot See, set in occupied France during World War II, was published in 2014. It received significant critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. The book was a New York Times bestseller and was named by the newspaper as a notable book of 2014. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. It was runner-up for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and won the 2015 Ohioana Library Association Book Award for Fiction.
- About Grace (2004) ISBN 978-0-7432-6182-1
- All the Light We Cannot See (2014) ISBN 1476746583
Short story collections
- Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World (2007) ISBN 978-1-4165-4001-4
- Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, for The Shell Collector
- Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome
- 2003: New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, winner, The Shell Collector
- 2005, 2011: Ohioana Book Award for About Grace and Memory Wall, respectively
- 2010: Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2011: The Story Prize, winner, Memory Wall
- 2011: Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, winner, 'The Deep'
- 2014: finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
- 2015: Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See
- Long, Karen R. (April 9, 2011). "Anthony Doerr Wins Lucrative Short-story Prize". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-27.
- "Anthony Doerr".
- Alex Shephard (October 15, 2014). "National Book Awards shortlists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
- "The 10 Best Books of 2014". nytimes.com.
- D. Verne Morland. "Dayton Literary Peace Prize - An International Award".
- "Anthony Doerr Is A Recognized (And Slightly Wealthier) Fellow". Boise Weekly.
- The Shell Collector.
- Four Seasons in Rome.
- Staff writer (April 8, 2011). "Anthony Doerr wins Short Story award". BBC News. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Staff writer (April 9, 2011). "A heartwarming win for a heartbreaking tale". The Sunday Times. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Official website
- Video: The Story Prize reading with Yiyun Li and Suzanne Rivecca. March 2, 2011.
- Best Selling Books by Anthony Doerr from Local Library