With Precisely 35 Canvases To His Credit, The Dutch Painter Johannes Vermeer Represents One Of The Great Enigmas Of 17th Century Art The Meager Facts Of His Biography Have Been Gleaned From A Handful Of Legal Documents Yet Vermeer S Extraordinary Paintings Of Domestic Life, With Their Subtle Play Of Light And Texture, Have Come To Define The Dutch Golden Age His Portrait Of The Anonymous Girl With A Pearl Earring Has Exerted A Particular Fascination For Centuries And It Is This Magnetic Painting That Lies At The Heart Of Tracy Chevalier S Second Novel Of The Same Title Girl With A Pearl Earring Centers On Vermeer S Prosperous Delft Household During The 1660s When Griet, The Novel S Quietly Perceptive Heroine, Is Hired As A Servant, Turmoil Follows First, The 16 Year Old Narrator Becomes Increasingly Intimate With Her Master Then Vermeer Employs Her As His Assistant And Ultimately Has Griet Sit For Him As A Model.
Born 19 October 1962 in Washington, DC Youngest of 3 children Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.Childhood Nerdy Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading Favorite authors back then Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander Book I would have taken to a desert island Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery.Educa Born 19 October 1962 in Washington, DC Youngest of 3 children Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.Childhood Nerdy Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading Favorite authors back then Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander Book I would have taken to a desert island Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery.Education BA in English, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1984 No one was surprised that I went there I was made for such a progressive, liberal place.MA in creative writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 1994 There s a lot of debate about whether or not you can be taught to write Why doesn t anyone ask that of professional singers, painters, dancers That year forced me to write all the time and take it seriously.Geography Moved to London after graduating from Oberlin in 1984 I had studied for a semester in London and thought it was a great place, so came over for fun, expecting to go back to the US after 6 months to get serious I m still in London, and still not entirely serious Even have dual citizenship though I keep the American accent intact.Family 1 English husband 1 English son 1 tortoiseshell cat.Career Before writing, was a reference book editor, working on encyclopedias about writers Yup, still nerdy Learned how to research and how to make sentences better Eventually I wanted to fix my own sentences rather than others , so I quit and did the MA.Writing Talked a lot about becoming a writer as a kid, but actual pen to paper contact was minimal Started writing short stories in my 20s, then began first novel, The Virgin Blue, during the MA year With Girl With a Pearl Earring written in 1998 , I became a full time writer, and have since juggled it with motherhood
- 233 pages
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
- Tracy Chevalier
- 07 November 2019 Tracy Chevalier