Gary Paulsen


October 17, 2021

Gary Paulsen (born May 17, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, † October 13, 2021 in Tularosa, New Mexico) was an American writer who became known as a youth author.


Gary Paulsen became interested in writing as a teenager. To escape the cold Minnesota winters, he regularly went to the libraries to read. Reading also helped him cope with his difficult family situation since both of his parents were alcoholics. He was raised by his grandparents. He began improving his writing skills by initially correcting magazines. In 1966 his first book was published. Gary Paulsen took part in the longest dog sled race in the world, the Iditarod, in 1983, 1985 and 2006 and processed his experiences in a book in 1994, which made the race internationally known. The book served as a template for the Disney film Snowdogs - Eight Heroes on Four Paws (Snowdogs) in 2001. He lived with his wife in Tularosa, New Mexico. The marriage produced a son.


Paulsen wrote more than 250 books, many short stories and a few plays, all of which are primarily for young people. Paulsen has received the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious children's literature award in the USA, several times for his books, for the first time for Dogsong (1985), the story of an Eskimo boy who goes on a journey with a team of sled dogs.

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1995: Regina Medal 1997: Margaret A. Edwards Award for Great Merit in Youth Literature (ALA) 2001: Silver Lufti each for Blue Light and My Friend Harold 2001: ALA Best Books for Young Adults for The Beet Fields

Works (selection)

Alone in the wild ("Hatchet"). Carlsen, Hamburg 1995, ISBN 3-551-35562-2. Alone in the wild ("Hatchet"). Special edition. Carlsen, ISBN 978-3-551-31012-5. Blue light (“The transall saga”). Carlsen, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-551-35439-1. Brian's winter ("Brian’s winter"). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1999, ISBN 3-596-80290-3. The camp ("The cookcamp"). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 2000, ISBN 3-596-80130-3. The river (continuation of Alone in the Wilderness, Eng. "The river"). Carlsen, Hamburg 1997, ISBN 3-551-35345-X. Foxman ("The Foxman"). Carlsen, Hamburg 1993, ISBN 3-551-55261-4. Freedom without limits. With the Harley through the USA ("Zero to sixty"). Piper, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-492-23306-6. The secret of Red Horse. Two adventure stories ("The legend of Red Horse Cavern"). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 2000, ISBN 3-596-80267-9. Iditarod. The toughest dog sled race in the world ("winter dance"). Piper, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-492-22910-7. Song of the Wild ("Woodsong"). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1999, ISBN 3-596-80022-6. My friend Harold ("The Shaftiabibababosschernoff Discoveries"). Carlsen, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-551-35183-X. Night over the sea. An adventurous journey ("The voyage of the frog"). Carlsen, Hamburg 1998, ISBN 3-551-58020-0. Popcorn days and buttermilk nights. Dressler, Hamburg 1986, ISBN 3-7915-1644-2. A Christmas story ("A christmas sonata"). Carlsen, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 978-3-551-55418-5. In the winter room ("The winter room"). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1999, ISBN 3-596-85016-9. Back to the wild ("Brian’s return"). Carlsen, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-551-58060-X. Dangerous vacations. Ravensburger Verlag 2005, ISBN 3-7817-1887-5

Individual proof


Literature by and about Gary Paulsen in the catalog of the German National Library Literature by and about Gary Paulsen in the WorldCat bibliographic database Short biography and reviews of works by Gary Paulsen at Gary Paulsen in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Gary Paulsen in the Internet Movie Database Official website of Gary Paulsen, Verlag Random House (en

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