Barbara Kingsolver Biography


Type: Novelist, essayist and poet

Born: April 8, 1955


Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments. Each of her books published since 1993 has been on the New York Times Best Seller list. Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award 2011, UK's Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna, and the National Humanities Medal. She has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support "literature of social change".

Major works:

  • The Bean Trees, 1988
  • Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983, 1989
  • Homeland and Other Stories, 1989
  • Animal Dreams, 1990
  • Another America, 1992
  • Pigs in Heaven, 1993
  • High Tide in Tucson, 1995, also: Limited edition 1995
  • The Poisonwood Bible, 1998
  • Prodigal Summer, 2000
  • Small Wonder: Essays, 2002
  • Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, 2002 (with photographer Annie Griffiths Belt)
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle 2007, (with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver)
  • The Lacuna, 2009
  • Flight Behavior, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver Quotes

Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.

This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address.

Everyone should get dirt on his hands each day. Doctors, intellectuals. Politicians, most of all. How can we presume to uplift the life of the working man, if we don't respect his work?

What there is in this world I think is a tendency for human errors to level themselves like water throughout there sphere of influence. That's pretty much the whole of what I can say looking back. There is the possibility of balance.Unbearable burden that the world somehow bare with a certain grace.

A first child is your own best foot forward, and how you do cheer those little feet as they strike out. You examine every turn of flesh for precocity, and crow it to the world. But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after-oh, that' s love by a different name.

What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness.

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