E. Annie Proulx
American novelist who has achieved critical and commercial success since her first novel, Postcards (1991), made her the first woman to win the PEN/Faulkner Prize. Her second, The Shipping News (1993), won her other awards and a large British readership. In both of these, in Accordion Crimes (1996), and in her collected short stories (Hearts Songs and Other Stories, US, 1998; Heart Songs, UK, 1995) she combines two powerful strands of American writing: a regionalist emphasis on particular places and an encyclopedic attempt to grasp the diversity of America. For her short‐story ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (1997) and her subsequent novel That Old Ace in the Hole (2003) she dropped the E and published as Annie Proulx.