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"It Was Wonderful," Author Barbara Kingsolver '77 Tells PBS of Her DePauw Experience

July 30, 1998

July 30, 1998, Greencastle, Ind. - "I did not study writing in college, but I'm a writer because I got to go to college," best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver stated in a PBS documentary that aired tonight. "I wanted to go somewhere far away and exotic, so I went to DePauw University in Indiana," the Kentucky native and 1977 graduate of DePauw continued. "All the scales fell from my eyes; it was wonderful."

Kingsolver, who majored in zoology at DePauw, had her first novel, The Bean Trees, published by HarperCollins in 1988. It was followed by an oral history of a mine strike, Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983; a story collection, Homeland and Other Stories; the novels Animal Dreams and Pigs in Heaven; collected poems in Another America: Otra America; and the best-selling High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now and Never. Later this year, Kingsolver's latest work, The Poisonwood Bible, will arrive in bookstores.

At DePauw, she told PBS, "I found myself surrounded by peers east college 1978.jpgwho loved the same things that I did, people who loved ideas and books. I started reading purposefully things that I thought would teach me about the world."

The hour-long program, Signature: Barbara Kingsolver, "profiles best-selling writer Barbara Kingsolver, whose novels, short stories and essays hone in on people caught in social dilemmas and struggles," notes a synopsis from the network. DePauw professors Thomas Emery and Preston Adams are interviewed in the documentary.

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