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About the Author: Tracy Chevalier

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


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Mass Market Paperback, Published in Sep 2008 by Folio

ISBN10: 2070355845 | ISBN13: 9782070355846

Page count: 425

Londres, 1792. Thomas Kellaway, ébéniste de son état, prend à la lettre l'invitation de Philip Astley, directeur du cirque du même nom, et part tenter sa chance à Londres. Mais passer de Piddletown à Lambeth n'est pas sans conséquence pour ses enfants. Ils ouvrent de grands yeux sur la ville tumultueuse et impitoyable que la jeune Londonienne délurée Maggie entreprend de leur faire connaître. William Blake, leur voisin, graveur et poète, sera le guide spirituel des adolescents tandis qu'ils franchissent le chaotique et exaltant passage de l'"innocence" à l'"expérience". Un voyage initiatique dans le Londres de la fin du XVIIIe siècle, en marge d'une société déboussolée par les échos sanglants de la Révolution française. Dans L'Innocence, roman à la fois épique et lyrique, Tracy Chevalier ressuscite le Londres du XVIIIe avec la même pertinence et la même poésie que le Delft du XVIIIe de La Jeune Fille à la perle.

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