Gary Paulsen, the author of Hatchet, wrote how many books?


Gary Paulsen, the author of Hatchet, wrote how many books?

How many books did Gary Paulsen, the author of Hatchet, write?

On Thursday, award-winning novelist Gary Paulsen passed away, leaving behind a legacy of timeless stories.

Paulsen died on Wednesday, October 13th, at the age of 82, according to Random House Children’s Books.

Gary Paulsen authored around 200 books throughout the course of his 55-year career. His debut novel, The Special War, was published by Sirkay Publishing Company in 1966, and he is widely recognized as one of the most prolific writers in modern history.

His accomplishments speak for themselves, as he has won nine awards in total, including three John Newbery Medals for his books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room.

Hatchet, a coming-of-age story about a child who survives a plane crash but is left with just a hatchet, is Paulsen’s best-known work.

When he was five years old, he moved to Northern Minnesota to live with his aunt and uncle on their farm and learned survival techniques. They taught him how to catch and prepare fish, as well as how to build a campfire, which he incorporates into numerous of his subsequent books.

In 2006, Paulsen told The New York Times that he prefers being alone, and that when he purchased a home in town, his neighbor came over to say hello, but it was “too close.”

Instead, he moved to a 200-acre ranch in the Jicarilla Mountains of New Mexico, where the closest grocery store was 40 miles away.

Paulsen states that one day he decided to write, and the rest is history. He sped through his work when at home or on the road, releasing a new book every few months.

According to Paulsen, great writing comes from imbuing a piece of oneself into the characters in order to bring them to life.

This was true for the vast majority of his works, in which the characters leapt off the pages with a realism that readers could identify with.

“The best writing is like dissecting chunks of oneself,” Paulsen told The New York Times.

“I’m a storyteller,” he said in the interview. “I dress in bloody skins and dance around the fire, reciting hunt stories.” It is neither learned nor intelligent. I go on cruises, train dogs, ride horses, play poker professionally, and tell stories about my adventures. I’m still a romantic, and I want Bambi to make it through the fire.” Please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 212 416 4552.

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