Mountains Beyond Mountains Study Guide - Biography

Tracy Kidder's Biography

Tracy Kidder was born in New York City on November 12, 1945. Kidder graduated from Harvard in 1967. While serving as a 1st Lieutenant in Vietnam (1967 – 1969) he was awarded the Bronze Star. He then completed his MA degree from The University of Iowa. After starting as a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1973 he became a contributing editor in 1981. His articles include diverse topics and relevant topics such as: energy, architecture, the environment, and more. He also writes for The New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review.

In addition to Mountains Beyond Mountains his published works include: The Road to Yuba City: A Journey into the Juan Corona Murders (1974). The Soul of a New Machine (1981), House (1985) which also won the Pulitzer Prize and American National Book Award, Among Schoolchildren (1989), Old Friends (1993), Home Town (1999), Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003), My Detachment: a Memoir (2005), and many other short works of fiction.

Other awards received include: The Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1990), the Ambassador Book Award (1990) and the Sarah Hale Award (1998). Tracy Kidder lives with his wife and two children in both Massachusetts and Maine.

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