Caroline Fraser is an American writer. She won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, and the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, for Prairie Fires, a biography of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Fraser at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
Early life and education
Fraser was born in Seattle to a Christian Science family. In 1979 she graduated from Mercer Island High School, and in 1987 she was awarded a PhD in English and American literature in from Harvard University for a thesis entitled A Perfect Contempt: The Poetry of James Merrill.
Formerly on the editorial staff of the New Yorker, Fraser's work has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and New York Review of Books, among others. She is the author of God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church (1999), which describes the practices of the Christian Science church and her upbringing within it. Whitney Balliett, himself a former Christian Scientist, described the book as a "critical history that ... casts a clear, merciless light" on the religion.
Fraser's other books are Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution (2009), which presents a broad vision of global ecological conservation; and Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2017), the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She is also the editor of the two volumes of the Library of America's Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books (2012).
Awards and honors
- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Metropolitan Books, 2017.
- (ed.), Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books, Volumes 1 and 2, Library of America, 2012.
- Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution, Metropolitan Books, 2009.
- God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church, Metropolitan Books, 1999.
- "Peter Rabbit and the Tale of a Fierce Bad Publisher", The Horn Book Magazine, 7 May 2013.
- "For Wolves on the Brink, A Hobbled Recovery Plan", Yale Environment 360, 25 October 2012.
- "Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Wolves", Los Angeles Review of Books, 10 October 2012.
- "The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology", Yale Environment 360, 15 September 2011.
- "As Tigers Near Extinction, A Last-Ditch Strategy Emerges", Yale Environment 360, 15 November 2010.
- "‘A Strange, Bloody, Broken Beauty’", The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2010.
- "'Rewilding' the World: A Bright Spot for Biodiversity", Yale Environment 360, 11 February 2010.
- "So Fresh and Bloody", London Review of Books, 18 December 2008.
- "Heart of Darkness", The New York Review of Books, 24 June 2004.
- "The Mormon Murder Case", The New York Review of Books, 21 November 2002.
- "Pretty in the Sunlight", The New York Review of Books, 4 October 2001.
- "Mary Baker Eddy: 'Mere Historic Incidents'", chapter one of God's Perfect Child, The New York Times, 22 August 1999.
- "Suffering Children and the Christian Science Church", The Atlantic, April 1995.
- "The Prairie Queen", The New York Review of Books, 22 December 1994.
- "Biography", carolinefraser.net.
- Miller, Madison (27 April 2018). "Mercer Island Native Wins Pulitzer Prize for Biography". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- HOLLIS, Harvard Library.
- Gardner, Martin (22 August 1999). "Mind Over Matter". Los Angeles Times.
- Zaleski, Philip (22 August 1999). "Thinking Made It So, for a While", The New York Times.
- Balliett, Whitney (21 September 2000). "Mad Genuis", The New York Review of Books, 21 September 2000.
- Haupt, Lyanda Lynn (31 January 2010). "Wild in the street – and cul de sac". Los Angeles Times.
- Pennington, Gail (26 November 2017). "For 'Little House' Fans, book crafts a detailed story of Wilder". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Katie Tuttle (March 15, 2018). "National Book Critics Circle Announces Winners for 2017 Awards". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Pulitzer Prizes. "Caroline Fraser". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
- Johnson, Christen A. (23 August 2018). "Superior accomplishments in literature: Chernow, Saunders, Fraser to be awarded Chicago Tribune literary prizes for 2018". Chicago Tribune.
- Personal website.
- Prairie Fires, book website.
- God's Perfect Child, book website.
- Rewilding the World, book website.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "Caroline Fraser", Yale Environment 360.
- "Caroline Fraser", The New Yorker.
- "Caroline Fraser", The New York Review of Books.
- "You Need A Farm! Laura Ingalls Wilder And American Farming" Fraser, Caroline (November 7, 2017). Accessed 29 July 2019.
- “Laura Ingalls Wilder & Rose Wilder Lane: The Beginning Of A Fruitful, Fateful Collaboration.” Fraser, Caroline (April 17, 2018). Accessed 29 July 2019.