Tracy Chevalier: Biography

Tracy Chevalier

19 okt 1962

Tracy Chevalier is an American British novelist who writes historical fiction. She was born in Washington DC in 1962 and moved to England after university.

Tracy attended Oberlin College and graduated in 1984 with a degree in English. Immediately after graduating, she moved to England to start her career in publishing. After having live in England for a number of years, she enrolled on the creative writing course at the University of East Anglia. She was tutored by the likes of Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain.

Chevalier’s first novel, The Virgin Blue, was very successful and was chosen as part of a showcase of new authors by WH Smith. However, it is her second novel, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, for which she is best known. The book is about the creation of the Dutch painter Vermeer’s famous and celebrated masterpiece of the same name. It has been translated into almost 40 different languages and has sold more than 5 million copies all over the world. She has written a total of 8 novels, all of which have been well received and she has won a number of awards. Most recently, her novel The Last Runaway was chosen as a Richard and Judy book club novel.

Tracy Chevalier now lives in London with her husband, Jonathan Drori, and their son. She gave up working in the publishing industry when she enrolled on her creative writing course. For a while she supported herself with freelance work whilst working on her novels, but now she is a full time author.