Anthony Doerr

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.

Anthony Doerr
Doerr in 2009
Doerr in 2009
Born (1973-10-27) October 27, 1973 (age 46)
Cleveland, Ohio
Alma materBowdoin College (BA)
Bowling Green State University (M.F.A.)

Early life and educationEdit

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio,[1] 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.[2]


Doerr's first published 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. 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.[3] The book was a New York Times bestseller and was named by the newspaper as a notable book of 2014.[4] It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. It was runner-up for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction [5] and won the 2015 Ohioana Library Association Book Award for Fiction.[6]

Doerr also 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.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Doerr is married, has twin sons and lives in Boise, Idaho.[9]



  • About Grace (2004) ISBN 978-0-7432-6182-1
  • All the Light We Cannot See (2014) ISBN 1476746583

Short story collectionsEdit


  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World[11] (2007) ISBN 978-1-4165-4001-4



  1. ^ Long, Karen R. (April 10, 2011). "Anthony Doerr Wins Lucrative Short-story Prize". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "Anthony Doerr". Archived from the original on May 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Alex Shephard (October 15, 2014). "National Book Awards shortlists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2014".
  5. ^ D. Verne Morland. "Dayton Literary Peace Prize - An International Award".
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "ICA". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Anthony Doerr Is A Recognized (And Slightly Wealthier) Fellow". Boise Weekly. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Oland, Dana (April 20, 2015). "Boise's Anthony Doerr wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  10. ^ The Shell Collector.
  11. ^ Four Seasons in Rome.
  12. ^ Staff writer (April 8, 2011). "Anthony Doerr wins Short Story award". BBC News. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  13. ^ Staff writer (April 9, 2011). "A heartwarming win for a heartbreaking tale". The Sunday Times. Retrieved January 22, 2013.

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