In 1974 Annie Dillard published her first two books, Tickets for a Prayer Wheel, a collection of poems, and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, “a sustained nonfiction narrative about the fields, creeks, woods, and mountains near Roanoke, Virginia”—for which she received a Pulitzer Prize. When asked in an interview about her influences, she said, “I love them all—any great writer, any country, any century. I read a lot of stuff out of China. I don’t read American women writers. I am an American woman. I know what it’s like to be an American woman.” Among Dillard’s other works are The Writing Life and The Maytrees, published in 2007.