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Publication Order of Wyoming Stories Books

Close Range (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Dirt (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fine Just the Way It Is (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Postcards (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shipping News (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Accordion Crimes (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brokeback Mountain (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Old Ace in the Hole (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barkskins (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Heart Songs and Other Stories (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay (With: Larry McMurtry,Diana Ossana) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

The Shipping News: Screenplay (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Great Grapes (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Making the Best Apple Cider (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gourmet Gardener (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Roaring in the Blood (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bird Cloud (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cider (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Desert (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fen, Bog & Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Short Stories 1997(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Missouri Review: History as Literature(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories of the Century(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paris Review Issue 188(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Why I Like This Story(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author born in 1935.


Annie was born in Norwich, Connecticut, and named after one of her mother’s aunts. Annie has quite the dated ancestry, with her forebears having come a little over a decade after the Mayflower.

That was back in the early 1630s. Annie met her first Husband H. Ridgely Bullock during her short stint at Colby College in the 1950s. This was after making it through Deering High School in Portland.

While Colby College didn’t exactly work out, Annie was granted another opportunity to pursue her studies in 1966 when she attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a degree in history.

Dissatisfied with the achievement, Annie saw fit to acquire a Masters Degree from Sir George Williams University in Quebec in the early 1970s, though she was not nearly as successful at completing her Ph.D. after that.

Her marriage to Bullock didn’t last either. In fact, Annie Proulx was married and divorced three times in three decades, with the marriages yielding a daughter and three sons. Having spent most of her life in Vermont, Annie eventually moved to Saratoga, Wyoming in 1994 before finally settling in Seattle, Washington.

+Literary Career

Before trying her hand at novel writing, Annie Proulx worked in journalism. It wasn’t until 1963 that The Customers Lounge’, her first fictional work was published in If’.

She went on to write a few more significant stories, this including ‘All the Pretty Little Horses’, a science fiction tale that was published in 1964 in the magazine ‘Seventeen’. After featuring in magazines like Esquire, Annie’s first novel finally hit the shelves in 1992, garnering Annie recognition and a few award nominations.

A winner of the Dos Passos Prize and the O. Henry Prize, Annie has excelled both as a novelist and a writer of short stories.

Annie Proulx has never fully embraced her celebrity status. She has suggested that receiving so many accolades can impede one’s human nature, especially when writers like her receive so many invitations to festivals and events where they are paid colossal amounts of money just to do a few readings or even sign some autographs. She has also suggested that authors who garner so much acclaim tend to lose their significance in society, with people coming to view them as objects that have won prizes rather than human beings worth far more than their accolades.

+Annie Proulx Adaptations

Annie Proulx’s second novel The Shipping News’, which was published in 1993, received a big screen adaptation in 2001. The movie, also called The Shipping News’, starred Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, and Julianne Moore. While the movie received mixed reviews from critics, it won a number of awards.

Annie also had the privilege of seeing her short story Brokeback Mountain’ become a major award winning movie in 2005. Two years after that, Annie was involved in the process that saw this same short story become an opera, which premiered in 2014 in Madrid to mixed reviews.

+Bad Dirt

Bad Dirt is a collection of short stories from Annie Proulx. The short stories explore the lives of desperate people who have been pushed to the edge by circumstances they couldn’t possibly control.

In each case, Annie’s characters must determine to push through seemingly impossible obstacles, manifesting a resourceful nature they didn’t know they had. The worlds Annie creates are typically dangerous and isolated and bind her characters with customs and norms that make life difficult.

Prominent in a number of these stories is the small hamlet of Elk Tooth. Here, all activity centers on the hamlet’s three bars. Those with little interest in drinking partake in beard-growing festivals even while catching poachers using unexpected methodologies.

The book features a number of surprisingly distinct landscapes, many of them crafted from Annie’s understanding of Wyoming and the knowledge she has garnered about the history of the West.

From the book, it is clear that Annie appreciates the ability of the human will to survive in even the most impossible situations.

It is hard to deny the talent that Annie Proulx brings to bear when you read Bad Dirt. Most writers endeavor to craft new concepts and plot twists in order to blow the minds of their readers.

Annie only cares about telling a good story and she does just that. Every sentence she writes here has been clearly fine tuned to manifest a specific picture and message. Every character is something special, standing apart and proving equally engaging.

And even if the cast wasn’t nearly as interesting, readers would still enjoy the settings that Annie creates and the landscapes she paints. The short stories give Annie a lot of leeway to play with all sorts of concepts about the magical and fantastical, and even the ordinary.

+The Shipping News

After the events surrounding his two-timing wife, Quoyle sees fit to retreat to the Newfound coast, taking his daughters along with him to the starkly beautiful home of his ancestors.

There, Quoyle struggles with the locals who only make his relationship with his family members in the vicinity that much more complex. Quoyle tries to confront his own demons in the face of the unpredictable forces of nature and even those opposing societal forces.

The one thing that stands out about this book is Annie Proulx’ writing style; even those readers with little interest in the story cannot help but be hypnotized by her writing style. This is the sort of book one can read to fight stress because it is so relaxing, at least in the beginning.

If there is one point of contention, it is the characters most of which are not very likable. To an extent, that works in favor of the book because it makes some of the obstacles that Annie throws at her cast that much more interesting.

At some point, it becomes difficult to put this book down, especially when Annie begins to dissect her characters, reaching down to the depths of their demons and giving them opportunities to strive for something better.

Annie is very honest in her portray of her characters, not afraid to paint them in the least attractive light possible, and that only accentuates her story as a whole. This book justifies Annie Proulx celebrity status in the publishing industry.

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