Edna Annie Proulx was born in Norwich, Connecticut, to parents of
French-Canadian ancestry. She graduated from Deering High School in Portland,
Maine, then attended Colby College "for a short period in the 1950s." She later
returned to school, studying at the University of Vermont from 1966 to 1969, and
graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in History in
1969. She got her Master of Arts from Sir George Williams University (now
Concordia University) in Montreal, Quebec in 1973 and pursued, but did not
complete, her Ph.D. Starting as a journalist, her first published work of
fiction is thought to be "The Customs Lounge," a science fiction story published
in the September 1963 issue of If, under the byline "E.A. Proulx."
She published her first collection in 1988 and her first novel in 1992.
In 1997, she was awarded the Dos Passos Prize. She has twice won the O.
Henry Prize for the year's best short story. In 1998, she won for "Brokeback
Mountain," which had appeared in The New Yorker on October 13, 1997. Proulx won
again the following year for "The Mud Below," which appeared in The New Yorker
June 22 and 29, 1999. Both appear in her 1999 collection of short stories, Close
Range: Wyoming Stories.
She lived for more than thirty years in Vermont, has married and divorced
three times, and has three sons and a daughter. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming, where she currently resides, spending
part of the year in northern Newfoundland on a small cove adjacent to L'Anse aux
This biography was last updated on 08/04/2008.
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