Tracy Chevalier

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Tracy Chevalier

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BornTracy Rose Chevalier
(1962-10-19) October 19, 1962 (age 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States / British
Education Bachelor's degree in English; Master's degree in Creative Writing
Alma mater Oberlin College
University of East Anglia
GenreHistorical fiction
Notable works Girl with a Pearl Earring
SpouseJonathan Drori
RelativesDouglas Chevalier

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Tracy Rose Chevalier, FRSL (born October 19, 1962) [1] is an American-British historical novelist. She has written eight novels. She is best known for her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring , which was adapted as a 2003 film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

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<i>Girl with a Pearl Earring</i> (novel) Book by Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 1999 historical novel written by Tracy Chevalier. Set in 17th-century Delft, Holland, the novel was inspired by local painter Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. Chevalier presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model and the painting. The novel was adapted into a 2003 film of the same name and a 2008 play.

<i>Girl with a Pearl Earring</i> (film) 2003 Drama film directed by Peter Webber

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier. Scarlett Johansson stars as Griet, a young 17th-century servant in the household of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer at the time he painted Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) in the city of Delft in Holland. Other cast members include Tom Wilkinson, Cillian Murphy, and Judy Parfitt.


Personal background

Tracy Chevalier was born on October 19, 1962, in Washington, D.C. [2] She is the daughter of Douglas and Helen (née Werner) Chevalier. Her father was a photographer who worked with The Washington Post for more than 30 years. Her mother died in 1970, when Chevalier was eight years old. [3] Chevalier has an older sister, Kim Chevalier, who resides in Soulan, France; and a brother, Michael Chevalier, who lives in Salida, Colorado. [4] As of 2013, Chevalier lives in London with her husband, Jonathan Drori [5] and son, Jacob. [3] [6]

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She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1980. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College in 1984, she moved to England, where she began working in publishing. In 1993, she began studying Creative Writing, earning a master's degree from the University of East Anglia. Her tutors included novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. [6]

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Professional background

Following her graduation from Oberlin College, Chevalier moved to England, where she began working as an editorial assistant with Macmillan's Dictionary of Art, then later joined St. James Press, serving as a reference book editor. [7]

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Her first novel, The Virgin Blue, was published in the UK in 1997 and was chosen by W H Smith for their showcase of new authors. [8] Her second novel, entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring , was published in 1999. The work, which was based on the famous painting by Vermeer, has been translated into 38 languages. As of 2014, it has sold over five million copies worldwide. [9] It won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in 2000. [10] In 2003, a film based on the novel was released, receiving three Academy Award nominations in 2004, along with ten BAFTAs and two Golden Globes. Her 2013 novel, The Last Runaway was honored with the Ohioana Book Award [11] and was chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club for autumn 2013. [12]

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In 2011 she edited and contributed towards Why Willows Weep, a collection of short stories by 19 authors, the sale of which raised money for the Woodland Trust, for which her husband served as a trustee. [13] [14]

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Chevalier has been involved in representing authors as a member of various community organizations. In 2006, she began serving as the chairperson for the Management Committee for the UK's Society of Authors, serving in that capacity for two years.[ citation needed ] She served on the Advisory Board of the UK’s Public Lending Right from 2008 until 2015, while as serving as Patron of World Book Night.[ citation needed ]Girl with a Pearl Earring was chosen as one of the books given away in both the US and UK for World Book Night 2013. In 2015 she joined the British Library Board as a Trustee. She is also an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust, where her husband serves as a member of the board of directors. [15]

Honors and awards


As editor

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