Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a 1974 nonfiction narrative book by American
author Annie Dillard. Told from a first-person point of view, the book
details an unnamed narrator's explorations near her home, and
contemplations on nature and life. The title refers to Tinker Creek,
which is outside Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Dillard
began writing Pilgrim in the spring of 1973, using her personal journals
as inspiration. Separated into four sections that signify each of the
seasons, the narrative spans the period of one year in thoughts on
solitude, writing, and religion, as well as scientific observations on
the flora and fauna. Touching upon themes of faith, nature, and
awareness, Pilgrim is also noted for its study of theodicy and the
inherent cruelty of the natural world. The book is analogous in design
and genre to Henry David Thoreau's Walden, the subject of Dillard's
master's thesis at Hollins College. Pilgrim has been lauded by critics,
won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction, and in 1999 was
included in Modern Library's list of 100 Best Nonfiction Books.
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