Annie Proulx: Biography

Annie Proulx

22 aug 1935

Annie Proulx is an American author and journalist. She was born Edna Ann Proulx in 1935 in Connecticut, United States and was raised alongside her four sisters. The family moved around a lot due to her father’s work as the vice president of a company which sold textiles. Her mother was a painter, and taught her children to pick up on the detail in the world. This is arguable what prompted Annie Proulx to become a journalist and to write novels which pick up on small social details. She studied History at the University of Vermont and graduated with a BA in 1969. She went on to receive an MA from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Canada in 1973. Proulx has been married 3 times and has a daughter and three sons.

Proulx has written a total of eight books, along with numerous short stories. She has been recognised with a number of different awards throughout her career, including the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, a National Book Award and a PEN/Faulkner award. She is the author of the story Brokeback Mountain, which was made into an Oscar-winning film.

Annie Proulx’s journalistic career can be seen as an influence on her fiction writing. Her most notable influence is The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley. Quotes and illustrations from this book provide the chapter headings throughout Proulx’s most well-known and most successful novel The Shipping News.

She now lives in Seattle and continues to write novels and articles.