Jon Krakauer

As the author of the best-selling books iInto the Wild/i (1996) and iInto Thin Air/i (1997), Jon Krakauer was one of the most notable writers of outdoor literature in the late 20th Century. Krakauer was the third of ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1954 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

Meru 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Prophet's Prey 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Banking on Heaven 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

As the author of the best-selling books <i>Into the Wild</i> (1996) and <i>Into Thin Air</i> (1997), Jon Krakauer was one of the most notable writers of outdoor literature in the late 20th Century. Krakauer was the third of five children, born on April 12, 1954 to Lewis Joseph and Carol Ann Krakauer in Brookline, Massachusetts, but grew up in the city of Corvallis, Oregon. As the young Krakauer was growing up, his father instilled in him an appreciation of the environment and outdoors, often venturing out into the nearby Cascade Mountains together. After graduating at Corvallis High School, Krakauer studied Environmental Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he graduated in 1977. He continued to explore the wilderness of North America afterwards; he once spent a three-week sole expedition in the Stikine Icecap region of Alaska where he blazed a new route on Devils Thumb. During this time, he supported himself as commercial salmon fisherman and carpenter. However, he soon began to write about his mountaineering experiences, which set him on the path of a career as a writer.

EDUCATION

Hampshire College

1976
Environmental Studies

Milestones

2007

"Into the Wild" adapted into film directed by Sean Penn

1997

Second best-seller "Into Thin Air" published

1996

First best-seller "Into the Wild" published

Bonus Trivia

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Avid outdoorsman

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