Anthony Doerr Biography


(Short Stories for Students)

Anthony Doerr, also known as Tony Doerr, was born October 27, 1973, in Cleveland, Ohio. In high school, he developed an interest in writing, and by the time he was in his mid-twenties, Doerr was submitting his work to magazines for publication. Although his mother was a high school science teacher who encouraged family interest in science, Doerr, who writes a lot about science and the environment, did not pursue formal education in science. He obtained a B.A. in history at Bowdoin College in 1995 and an M.F.A. in writing at Bowling Green State University in 1999. After that, he taught at various institutions, including the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Boise State University, and Princeton University.

Doerr’s essays and short stories have appeared in various magazines and journals, including the Paris Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and Zoetrope: All Story. In addition, some of his stories have been anthologized: for example, “The Shell Collector” was included in Best American Short Stories 2003; “The Caretaker” appeared in The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004); and “The Demilitarized Zone” was included in The Best Underground Fiction, Volume One (2006). His book reviews, often connected to science, appeared frequently in the Boston Globe during the early 2000s.

In 2004, Doerr’s first novel, About Grace, appeared. This work tells the story of a man who...

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