Last week, as my partners have already explained in some articles, in Claire´s class we read an interview with Tracy Chevalier. This interview is in our orange book and it talks about why Chevalier chose Vermeer´s work to write about. If we search information on the internet, we realize that there are plenty of things about this writer (interviews, ideas, opinions…). But, the question is: Who is Tracy Chevalier. I´m writing this article, because we don´t know anything about her; only that she wrote The Girl with a Pear Earring.
Tracy Chevalier (born October 1962 in Washington, DC) is a bestselling historical novelist. She is of Romande Swiss descent (with possible French Huguenotancestry) on her father’s side, and lives in London with her husband and son.
Chevalier was raised in Washington, D.C and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland. After receiving her B.A. in English from Oberlin College, she moved to England in 1984 where she worked several years as a reference book editor. Leaving her job in 1993, she began a year long M.A. program in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her tutors on the course were novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain.
Her most recent book, published in March 2007, is Burning Bright and concerns two children who become neighbours of William Blake in London in 1792. Her career began with the book The Virgin Blue but she became well known with her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring a book based on the creation of the famous painting by Vermeer. The film based on the novel received three Academy Award nominations in 2004.
As well as writing books, Chevalier is Chair of the UK’s Society of Author.