Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver, 1955–, American writer, b. Annapolis, Md.; grad. DePauw Univ. (B.S., 1977), Univ. of Arizona (M.S., 1981). She studied biology and ecology and was a science writer before completing The Bean Trees (1988), a novel about a young woman who leaves Kentucky for Arizona, where she lives with a young Cherokee girl. Kingsolver's Arizona novels also include Animal Dreams (1990) and Pigs in Heaven (1993), a sequel to her first book. These works feature carefully drawn heroines, often single mothers, struggling with their roles as individuals and members of families and communities. The Poisonwood Bible (1998) is a sprawling colonial morality tale told through the saga of a missionary family in the Belgian Congo. Her fifth novel, Prodigal Summer (2000), is set in rural Appalachia. The Lacuna (2009) explores the period of 1929–51 and such real-life characters as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Leon Trotsky through the eyes of a fictional American diarist. Science in the form of climate change and the miraculous are elements of Flight Behavior (2012), which describes the impact of the arrival of migrating monarch butterflies in a rural town. Kingsolver has also written short stories, bilingual poetry, essays, and a study of an Arizona mine strike (1989). In 2004 she moved to a farm in SW Virginia; her Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (2007) recounts a year during which her family ate only what they grew themselves or bought from local sources.

See M. J. DeMarr, Barbara Kingsolver: A Critical Companion (1999).

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Barbara Kingsolver: Selected full-text books and articles

Reading Barbara Kingsolver By Lynn Marie Houston; Jennifer Warren Greenwood Press, 2009
The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State By Wade Hall University Press of Kentucky, 2005
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The Literary West: An Anthology of Western American Literature By Thomas J. Lyon Oxford University Press, 1999
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A Good Farmer By Kingsolver, Barbara The Nation, Vol. 277, No. 14, November 3, 2003
Old Chestnuts By Kingsolver, Barbara Book, September 2000
Barbara Kingsolver: A Critical Companion By Mary Jean DeMarr Greenwood Press, 1999
Luna Moths, Coyotes, Sugar Skulls: The Fiction of Barbara Kingsolver By Cockrell, Amanda Hollins Critic, Vol. 38, No. 2, April 2001
The Revelatory Narrative Circle in Barbara Kingsolver's the Poisonwood Bible By Austenfeld, Anne Marie Journal of Narrative Theory, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2006
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Gardens of Auto Parts: Kingsolver's Merger of American Western Myth and Native American Myth in the Bean Trees By Himmelwright, Catherine The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2, Spring 2007
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The Gospel According to Barbara Kingsolver: Brother Fowles and St. Francis of Assisi in the Poisonwood Bible By Purcell, William F Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2009
The Southern Family Farm as Endangered Species: Possibilities for Survival in Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer By Jones, Suzanne W The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall 2006
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Popular Contemporary Writers By Michael D. Sharp Marshall Cavendish Reference, vol.7, 2006
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