E. Annie Proulx (Edna Annie Proulx) Biography
(1935– ), (Edna Annie Proulx), Heartsongs and Other Stories, Postcards, The Shipping News
American novelist, born in Connecticut, educated at the University of Vermont. She has worked as a journalist, travelled to the Far East, lived in New York City, and has spent most of her life in Vermont. Her collection of stories Heartsongs and Other Stories (1988) and her novels Postcards (1991) and The Shipping News (1993; Pulitzer Prize, 1994) have received high acclaim. Set in an almost mythical Newfoundland, The Shipping News tells the story of Quoyle, a frustrated journalist who moves there from New York with an aunt and two eccentric daughters when an accident kills his wife. Proulx's witty, sharp, and evocative prose style, her sense of North American history and landscape, and her resolutely unspectacular post-modern stance appeal to critics and general readers alike; she is a comic writer in a growing feminine tradition which includes such figures as Anne Tyler.