Barbara Kingsolver: Biography

Barbara Kingsolver

08 apr 1955

An American novelist and New York Times Best Selling Author Barbara Kingsolver, is also an essayist and poet. Though Barbara never wished to become famous, her talent brought her huge recognition and she shined like a star.

Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Barbara’s parents were not so rich. Their family often lived without electricity or water. Barbara’s parents worked in a public health capacity. She spent her early childhood in Africa.

Barbara was interested in music; but dropped it considering the competition in that field to fetch a job. She graduated in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona. Barbara’s career started as a freelance writer. In mid 1980’s, she wrote books on science for Universities.

Kingsolver’s first novel, ‘The Bean Trees’ was published in 1988. The books that were published after 1993 had a constant place on The New York Times Best Seller List. Her famous works include ‘The Poisonwood Bible’, ‘Vegetable’ and ‘Miracle’. Most of Barbara’s works revolve around social justice, bio diversity and the human connection with the environment.

Barbara Kingsolver has received numerous awards including the U.K’s Orange Prize for Fiction and National Humanities Medal from the then U.S President Bill Clinton. She also received nominations for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her alma mater DePauw University awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters to Barbara. Duke University felicitated her with Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

When looked from both professional and personal angle, Barbara Kingsolver leads an amazing life. She’s living happily with her second husband Steven Hopp and children outside Virginia. Barbara also grows vegetables in her own farm for their personal use. She has also documented her hobby about agriculture in one of her book.