Kidder, Tracy (1945 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction

Tracy Kidder was born and raised in New York, graduated from Phillips Academy (1963), Harvard (A.B. 1967), served in the Army in Vietnam (1967-1969), and received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1974.

He is considered a "literary journalist" because of the personal voice in his writing. While at the University of Iowa, he wrote his first book which was commissioned by Atlantic Monthly and he continued writing for that magazine as a freelance through the 1970s. His second book, The Soul of a New Machine won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Soul of a New Machine (1981)
  • House (1985)
  • Among Schoolchildren (1989)
  • Old Friends (1993)
  • Home Town (1999)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003)
  • My Detachment: A Memoir (2005)
  • Strength in What Remains (2009)
  • Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction (2013) with Richard Todd