Gary Paulsen Biography – Gary Paulsen Wiki
Gary Paulsen (born Gary James Paulsen) was an American writer of young adult literature, best known for writing young-adult fiction novels such as Hatchet, The River, and Woodsong. He is the distinguished author of three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the American Library Association for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature.
Among his Random House books are Road Trip; Family Ties; Vote; Crush; Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Paintings from the Cave; Woods Runner; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy; Notes from the Dog; The Amazing Life of Birds; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; How Angel Peterson Got His Name; Guts; and five books about Francis Tucket’s adventures in the Old West.
Paulsen was the author of over 200 books that explore adventure and survival in the wilderness. He competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1983 and wrote two memoirs, Woodsong and Winterdance, on his sled-dog-racing experience, the latter being the inspiration for the 2002 film Snow Dogs.
Gary Paulsen Age
Gary James Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He died on October 13, 2021. He was 82.
Gary Paulsen Wife
He was married to Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist. He married his third wife, Ruth Ellen Wright, on May 5, 1971.
Gary Paulsen Children
He had three children; Lance Paulsen and Lynn Paulsen from his first marriage, and James Wright from his third marriage to Ruth Ellen Wright.
Gary Paulsen Parents
Gary Paulsen was the son of first-generation Danish and Swedish parents. He was born to Eunice and Oscar Paulsen. His father served in the military in Europe during World War II. His mother worked in a Chicago ammunition factory. At the age of 7, his mother took him to the Philippines to live with his father. After two years he returned to the U.S. with his mother. Both his parents were alcoholics.
Gary Paulsen Family
Gary Paulsen was the son of Eunice and Oscar Paulsen. He was raised by his grandmother and several aunts. “I was reared by my grandmother and several aunts,” he said in a past interview. “I first saw my father when I was seven in the Philippines where my parents and I lived from 1946 to 1949.”
Gary Paulsen Death
Author Gary Paulsen died on March 13, 2021, at the age of 82, Publishers Weekly confirmed on Twitter. Publishers Weekly tweeted: “Three-time Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen, known for his wilderness adventure novels for children such as ‘Hatchet,’ died this morning at age 82.” Fans and fellow authors took to social media to pay tribute to the adventurous author.
Dogsledder and author Blair Braverman wrote on Twitter: “I know many mushers—myself included—who first fell in love with mushing through Gary Paulsen’s stories about his sled dogs. He changed lives in big ways; he wrote about wilderness, animals, fear, wonder with extraordinary grace. An incredible writer. May he rest in peace.”
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, the author of the Lunch Lady series, tweeted: “An honor of a lifetime to interview Gary Paulsen at TLA earlier this year. I only wish we could’ve been in the same room. But did I love getting to know him during the tech checks to the virtual backstage, & the actual conversation. He gave #kidlit so much. Rest easy, Mr. Paulsen.”
Gary Paulsen Cause of Death
Gary Paulsen’s cause of death was not revealed.
Gary Paulsen Net Worth
Gary Paulsen’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
Gary Paulsen Nationality
He was of American nationality.