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Annie Dillard is an American writer known most for her essays and book-length narratives. She won the Pulitzer for her first book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974), which spanned the year she spent living alone near said creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The book, divided into each of the four seasons, offers forth contemplations on nature and life, as well as the days she spent exploring the woods and fields around her. A self-described “book of theology,” the book explores Dillard’s thoughts on nature, writing, theodicy and the problem of evil in the natural world. Her journeys, it ought to be noted, rarely venture from the home she occupied outside Roanoke; rather, the book is a metaphysical chronicle.


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