Gary Paulsen ( Writer ) : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Books and Cause of Death

Gary Paulsen was an American writer of young adult literature know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Books and Cause of Death

Name Gary Paulsen
Birthdate ( Age) 17 May 1939
Place of Birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Nationality American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Ruth Wright Paulsen (m. 1971)
Children Lance Paulsen, Lynn Paulsen, James Wright
Parents Name not known
Education Not Known
Profession American writer
Net Worth $2 Million
Last Update October 2021

Gary James Paulsen was an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books and has written more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. 

He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Early Life and Family

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minneapolis.Paulsen reported his mother’s many adulterous affairs in Eastern Sun, suggesting that the man he called “father” was not really his biological father. He also discussed his mother’s alcoholism. He told how she would bring him to a bar and had him sing for his supper, even though she had an income from her work in an ammunition factory, and he felt there was no need for this.When World War II ended, Gary’s father sent for him and his mother to come to join him in the Philippines, where he was stationed.In elementary school, he was quite deficient at literacy class and struggled with it. The accounts in Eastern Sun ended when Gary and his mother left Manila.

Gary Paulsen Wife

Gary Paulsen married with wife Ruth.He reportedly lived with his wife, Ruth, who illustrates children’s literature, in La Luz, New Mexico. (ALA reported Tularosa, New Mexico in 1997.)He also spent some time living on a houseboat on the Pacific Ocean.

Gary Paulsen Net Worth

Gary James Paulsen was an American writer of young adult literature has an estimated Net Worth around $2 Million in 2021.

Professional Career

In The Quilt, one of a series of three novels based on summers spent with his grandmother, Paulsen recounts what a tremendous influence his grandmother had on him. It is difficult to say how factual an autobiography The Quilt is intended to be, as Paulsen is supposed to have been six years old in this story and yet he made references to events found in Eastern Sun, which is supposed to have been set later. He also refers to himself, in this book, in the third person and only as “the boy”.

Much of Paulsen’s work features the outdoors and highlights the importance of nature. He often uses “coming of age” themes in his novels, where a character masters the art of survival in isolation as a rite of passage to manhood and maturity. He was critical of technology and has been called a Luddite.

The Hatchet series, or Brian’s Adventures, five novels published from 1987 to 2003, comprises some of Paulsen’s best-known work. Dogsong (1985), My Life in Dog Years (1998), The Winter Room (1989), and Harris and Me (1993) are four of his many other popular novels. Woodsong (1990) and Winterdance (1994) are among the most popular books about the Iditarod.

The ALA Margaret Edwards Award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work for a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature”. Paulsen won the annual award in 1997, when the panel cited six books published from 1983 to 1990: Dancing Carl, Hatchet (first in the series), The Crossing, The Winter Room, Canyons, and Woodsong.

The citation noted that “[t]he theme of survival is woven throughout, whether it is living through a plane crash or living in an abusive, alcoholic household” and emphasized Hatchet in particular for “encompassing a survival theme in all its aspects, physical as well as psychological” Three of Paulsen’s books were runners-up for the Newbery Medal, the premier ALA annual book award for children’s literature: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room.

Facts about Gary Paulsen

His books have sold over three million copies worldwide.
On October 13, 2021, at the age of 82, a writer is known for his work ‘Hatchet’ died.
His three novels, Hatchet, Winter Room, and Dogsong, are well-known among young people all over the world.