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Gary Paulsen Channels his Life into His Young Adult Fiction

Paulsen is a prolific writer of children's books. He began writing over twenty years ago, when he was coming to terms with his alcoholism. For many years he and his wife lived in poverty in rural Minnesota. This changed when Paulsen won the Newberry Award for children's fiction in 1985 with "Dogsong." His most recent adult book is "Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass." It celebrates American farm life and recounts the activities of a multigenerational farm family.


Other segments from the episode on October 6, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 6, 1992: Interview with Gary Paulsen; Commentary on Sleepy John Estes.


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