Who is Gary Paulsen?
Gary James Paulsen (May 17, 1939 – October 13, 2021) was an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books and has written more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
Gary Paulsen, Author of Hatchet, Dead at 82
Author Gary Paulsen, best known for writing young-adult fiction novels such as Hatchet, The River, and Woodsong, has died this morning at the age of 82, Publishers Weekly confirmed in a tweet.
Fans of Paulsen turned to Twitter to pay tribute to the adventurous author. Dogsledder and author Blair Braverman “fell in love with mushing through Gary Paulsen’s stories about his sled dogs.” Jarrett J. Krosoczka, the author of the Lunch Lady series, recalled his interview with Paulsen earlier this year as “an honor of a lifetime.” Paulsen’s last book, How to Train Your Dad, was published in September of 2021 by Pan Macmillian publishers.
Gary Paulsen Biography, Wiki
Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minneapolis.
In elementary school, he was quite deficient at literacy class and struggled with it. The accounts in Eastern Sun ended when Gary and his mother left Manila. Bits and pieces of Gary’s adolescence can be cobbled together in Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. In that book, Paulsen discusses how he survived between the ages of twelve and fourteen back in Minnesota. He barely mentions his parents except to say that they were too busy being drunk to stock the refrigerator. He worked several jobs during this time, including setting pins at a bowling alley, delivering newspapers, and working as a farmhand. He bought his own school supplies and a .22 single-shot rifle, which he used to hunt for sustenance. Eventually, he gave up the rifle and manufactured his own bow and arrows, which he used to hunt deer.
|Born||Gary James Paulsen|
May 17, 1939
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||October 13, 2021 (aged 82)|
|Genre||Young adult fiction, |
adventure novels, nonfiction
|Subject||Adventure memoirs, sports|
The Winter Room
Harris and Me
|Notable awards||Margaret Edwards Award|
|Spouse||Ruth Wright Paulsen|
|Relatives||Michael Paulsen, Paulette Paulsen, and Bill Paulsen|
Gary Paulsen Personal Life, Family, Wife
Even though Paulsen was a successful author, he said he chose to live in relative poverty. He reportedly lived with his wife, Ruth, who illustrates children’s literature, in La Luz, New Mexico. (ALA reported Tularosa, New Mexico in 1997.) He also spent some time living on a houseboat on the Pacific Ocean.
In 1983, Paulsen entered the 1,150-mile (1,850 km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and placed 41st out of 54 finishers, with an official time of 17 days, 12 hours, 38 minutes, and 38 seconds. In 1990, suffering from heart disease, Paulsen decided to give up dog sledding, which he described as the most difficult decision he had ever made. Paulsen would spend more than a decade sailing the Pacific before getting back into dog sledding in 2003. According to his keynote speech on October 13, 2007, at the Sinclair Lewis writing conference in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, he still intended to compete in the Iditarod. He is listed in the “Withdrawn/Scratched” section of the 1985 and 2006 Iditarod. Paulsen was an outdoorsman (a hunter and trapper), who maintained a 40-acre (160,000 m2) parcel north of Willow, Alaska, where he bred and trained sled dogs for the Iditarod.
Gary Paulsen died on October 13, 2021, at the age of 82.