Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.

Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. Though he is often asked, as far as he knows he is not related to the late writer Harriet Doerr.

Become a fan of Anthony’s on Facebook and stay up to date on his latest publications by clicking here. If you’re interested in reading some of his work online, you can find a number of essays here, a story at Granta, and you can watch the actor Damian Lewis reading part of Doerr’s story “The Deep” here. Or watch Martha Stewart chat with Anthony here.

14 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Anthony! I just read your short story “the caretaker” and needless to say im blown away. I’m a filmmaker and would love with your permission to adapt it into a short film… Please email me and let me know what you think. I believe this story is perfect visually and I would love to translate the words to image.

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  3. I am reading All the Light We Cannot See. I felt I must interrupt my reading to tell you of my complete admiration for your storytelling skills and to thank you for this sublime work. I will be reading all your works now that I have discovered you. I am grateful to have found what resonates with such beauty in a world where it is rarely discovered. What a joy it is for me!

    J. Domangue

  4. ” All the Light We Cannot See” is one of the finest, best written novels I have ever experienced. Take for instance the chapter titled ” Are You There?” Second paragraph. Divine.
    The world needs ( and always has needed) more Fredericks.
    Mr. Doerr, if you ever have the time, I would so much appreciate a signed bookplate . Thank you.
    Bruce Sperber
    446 W. Charlotte St.
    Millersville, Pa. 17551

  5. I recently finished “Four Seasons in Rome” and enjoyed it so much. It inspires me to visit Rome, though maybe not with newborn twins.
    I hope there will come a day when your sons will read this book and realize how much care and love you and your wife put into the first year of their lives. They are so lucky.
    The way you use words is stunning.
    And thank you.
    Bruce Sperber, Lancaster, Pa.

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  7. I just read Life Lessons in Real Simple magazine and wanted to know it left me sobbing thinking about how many innovative homemade costumes my mom made me growing up. I was always jeleous of kids that ha fancy store bought ones but happily wore whatever mom made me with just the things around our house. I was everything from a bum to a flower made with cut out construction paper petals around my head. now at 43 in combination with my mother we make my 9 year old original costumes and she is so proud to wear them. I tell her the world doesn’t need another Malificent, Dorothy, or Princess Leia. last year she was a car hop on roller skates and this year she is Carmen Miranda. perhaps none of her friends know who that Chiqueta Bannana lady is but you can bet your socks off every door she goes to where the people are over 50 will adore her in innovative homemade costume. Anyways, your story made me tear up as it really hit home this morning. Thank you for being such a wonderful writer.


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  13. Our Book Club in Wilmington NC immersed ourselves in the lives of Werner and Marie-Laure this past month. This beautifully written descriptive story touched us all and gave us almost “real life” perspectives of both their circumstances. One question we wondered about was the process of writing the book. Did you develop the characters simultaneously or individually? Did you know how their lives would converge before you started writing? Is “the light” understanding? We loved the metaphors, the depth of your words, the entire book.

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