Tracy Chevalier FRSL (born October 19, 1962) is an American British historical novelist. She has written eight novels. She is best known for re second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring , welke was Adapted as a 2003 film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth .
Tracy Chevalier was born on October 19, 1962, in Washington, DC  She is the daughter of Douglas and Helen (née Werner) Chevalier. Her Father was a photographer who worked with The Washington Post for morethan 30 years. Her mother mayest in 1970-when Chevalier was eight years old.  Chevalier has an older sister, Kim Chevalier, who resides in Soulan , France; and a brother, Michael Chevalier, who lives in Salida, Colorado .  As of 2013 , Chevalier lives in London with re husband, Jonathan Drori  and son, Jacob.  
She graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland , in 1980. After Receiving re Bachelor’s degree in English from Oberlin College in 1984, she moved to England, where she Began working in publishing. In 1993, she Began Studying Creative Writing, earning a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia . Her tutors included novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain ,  while re fellow students who went on to be published include Martyn Bedford and Susan Elderkin . [ Citation needed ]
Following re graduation from Oberlin College, Chevalier moved to England, where she Began working as an editorial assistant with Macmillan’s Dictionary of Art , dan later joined St. James Press , serving as a reference book editor. 
Her first novel, The Virgin Blue , was published in the UK in 1997 and was Chosen by WH Smith for hun showcase of new authors.  Her second novel, entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring , was published in 1999. The work, welke was based on the famous painting by Vermeer , has leg translated JSON 38 languages. As of 2013 , it has sold over four million copies worldwide. [ Citation needed ] It won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in 2000.  In 2003, a film based on the novel was released, Receiving three Academy Award nominations in 2004, Along with at BAFTAs and two Golden Globes . Her 2013 novel, The Last Runaway was honored with the Ohioana Book Award  and was Chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club for autumn 2013. 
In 2011 she edited and Contributed towards Why Willows Weep , a collection of short stories by 19 authors, the sale or welke raised money for the Woodland Trust , welke re husband was a trustee for.  
Chevalier has bone involved in representing authors as a member of verschillende community organizations. In 2006, she Began serving as the chairperson for the Management Committee for the UK’s Society of Authors , serving in dat capacity for two years. [ Citation needed ] She served on the Advisory Board of the UK’s Public Lending Right from 2008 Until 2015, while serving as as Patron of World Book Night. [ Citation needed ] Girl with a Pearl Earring was Chosen as one of the books bepaald away in zowel the US and UK for World Book Night 2013. In 2015 she became president of the Royal Literary Fund, and joined the British Library Board as a Trustee . She is ook een Ambassador for the Woodland Trust , where re husband Serves as a member of the board of directors. [ Citation needed ]
Honors and awards
- 1997: WH Smith Fresh Talent for The Virgin Blue [ citation needed ]
- 2000 Barnes and Noble Discover Award for Girl with a Pearl Earring 
- 2008: Fellow, Royal Society of Literature [ citation needed ]
- 2013: Ohioana Book Award for The Last Runaway 
- 2013: Richard and Judy Book Club book for The Last Runaway 
- 2013: Honorary Doctorate, Oberlin College and the University of East Anglia [ citation needed ]
- The Virgin Blue (1997) ISBN 978-0452284449
- Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999) ISBN 978-0525945277
- Falling Angels (2001) ISBN 978-0525945819
- The Lady And The Unicorn (2003) ISBN 978-0007140909
- Burning Bright (2007) ISBN 978-0007245130
- Remarkable Creatures (2009) ISBN 978-0007178377
- The Last Runaway (2013) ISBN 978-0525952992
- At the Edge of the Orchard (2016) ISBN 0525953000
- as editor
- Twentieth Century Children’s Writers , 3rd edition, St. James Press, 1989, ISBN 0912289953 , LCCN 90-171621
- Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre , 2016, ISBN 9780062447098
- Jump up^ Sharp, Michael D. (2006). Popular Contemporary Writers, Marshall Cavendish, p. 349.ISBN 978-0761476016.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Clare Geraghty (2013-03-24). “Tracy Chevalier – Bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring – shares re keepsakes and family memories” . Daily Mail . London . Retrieved 2013-09-13 .
- Jump up^ Schudel, Matt (2007-06-10). “Photographer Douglas Chevalier” . The Washington Post . Retrieved 2013-09-13 .
- Jump up^ “Tracy Chevalier” . TheShortReview.com . Retrieved 2013-09-13 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b Jardine, Cassandra (2003-09-09). “I thought, ‘Who’s playing a prank? ‘ ” . The Daily Telegraph . London . Retrieved 2013-09-13 .
- Jump up^ “Tracy Chevalier – About Me” . Tracy Chevalier (tchevalier.com). 2012-12-11 . Retrieved 2013-09-13 .
- Jump up^ Helen Stevenson (1997-02-01). “Books: Independent choice: first novels – Books – Arts & Entertainment” . The Independent . London . Retrieved 2013-09-13 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b “Barnes & Noble.com Awards” . Barnesandnoble.com. 2013-09-30 . Retrieved 2013-10-06 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b “Ohioana Fiction Set in Ohio: 2013 Winner” . Ohioana.org . Retrieved 2013-10-06 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b “Autumn 2013 – Current Reads” . Richard and Judy (richardandjudy.co.uk). 2013-08-29 . Retrieved 2013-10-06 .
- Jump up^ Feilden, Tom (10 October 2011). “From weeping willows to mighty oaks” . BBC News .
- Jump up^ Etoe, Catherine (17 November 2011). “Review – Why Willows Weep. Edited by Tracy Chevalier and Simon Prosser” . Camden Review . Retrieved 7 August 2016 .