Elizabeth Gilbert Biography
Elizabeth Gilbert was born in 1969 in Connecticut. She grew up on a
small family tree farm, with her sister, novelist and historian Catharine
Gilbert Murdock (author of Dairy Queen, the first in a series for teens).
She attended New York University and graduated in 1991 with a BA in Political
In addition to writing books, she has worked steadily as a journalist.
Throughout much of the 1990s she was on staff at SPIN Magazine, where she
chronicled diverse individuals and subcultures, covering everything from rodeo's
Buckle Bunnies (reprinted in The KGB Bar Reader) to Chinas headlong
construction of the Three Gorges Dam. In 1999, Elizabeth began working for GQ
magazine, where her profiles of extraordinary men from singers Hank Williams
III and Tom Waits (reprinted in The Tom Waits Reader) to quadriplegic athlete
Jim Maclaren earned her three National Magazine Award Nominations, as well as
repeated appearances in the Best American magazine writing anthologies. She
has also written for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Real
Simple, Allure, Travel and Leisure and O, the Oprah Magazine (where her memoir
"Eat, Pray, Love" was excerpted in March, 2006.) She has been a contributor to
the Public Radio show "This American Life", and has
several times shown up at John Hodgman's Little Gray Book Lecture Series, most
notably during Lecture Four on the subject "Hints for Public Singing."
She lives with her husband in New Jersey.
This biography was last updated on 07/03/2011.
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