Anthony Doerr (born October 27, 1973) is an American author of novels and short stories. He gained widespread recognition for his 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Early life and education
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr attended the nearby University School, graduating in 1991. He then majored in history at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, graduating in 1995. He earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.
Doerr's first book was a collection of short stories called The Shell Collector (2002). Many of the stories take place in countries within Africa and New Zealand, where he has worked and lived. His first novel, About Grace, was released in 2004. His memoir, Four Seasons in Rome, was published in 2007, and his second collection of short stories, Memory Wall, was published in 2010.
Doerr's second novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is set in occupied France during World War II and 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.Doerr 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.Doerr's third novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, follows three story lines, scattered throughout time: Thirteen-year-old Anna and Omeir, an orphaned seamstress and a cursed boy, on opposite sides of formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and octogenarian Zeno in an attack on a public library in present-day Idaho; and Konstance, decades from now, who turns to the oldest stories to guide her community in peril. Cloud Cuckoo Land was released September 28, 2021.
Doerr is married, has twin sons and lives in Boise, Idaho.
About Grace (2004) ISBN 978-0-7432-6182-1
All the Light We Cannot See (2014) ISBN 1476746583
Cloud Cuckoo Land (2021) ISBN 978-1982168438Short story collections
The Shell Collector (2002) ISBN 1439190054
Memory Wall (2010) ISBN 978-1-4391-8280-2
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (Editor) ISBN 978-1-3284-6582-5Memoirs
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World (2007) ISBN 978-1-4165-4001-4Awards
2002: Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, for The Shell Collector
2002: O. Henry Prize for "The Hunter's Wife" (Short story)
2003: New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, winner, The Shell Collector
2003: O. Henry Prize for "The Shell Collector" (Short story)
2005: Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy in Rome
2005, 2011: Ohioana Book Award for About Grace and Memory Wall, respectively
2008: O. Henry Prize for "Village 113" (Short story)
2010: Guggenheim Fellowship
2011: The Story Prize, winner, Memory Wall
2011: Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, winner, "The Deep"
2012: O. Henry Prize for "The Deep" (Short story)
2014: finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
2015: Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot SeeReferences
Video: The Story Prize reading with Yiyun Li and Suzanne Rivecca. March 2, 2011.
Best Selling Books by Anthony Doerr from Local Library