Charles J. Shields

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General Information

Name: Charles J. Shields

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction, Other;

Born: 1951 in Chester, Pennsylvania

Website: N/A

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Charles Shields was raised in Park Forest, Illinois, attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he received degrees in English and American history.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charles Shields is a biographer, primarily of 20th century American novelists. In 1997, Shields left a career in high school teaching and administration to write independently. Over the course of the next six years, he published 20 histories and biographies for young people, including a biography of writer Amy Tan, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the “Best Books for the Teen Age” in 2003. Shields published his first biography for adults in 2006, and Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee went on to became a New York Times bestseller.

In 2009, with fellow biographers Nigel Hamilton, James McGrath Morris, and Debby Applegate, Shields co-founded Biographers International Organization (BIO), a non-profit organization founded to promote the art and craft of biography, and to further the professional interests of its practitioners. As of July 2011, BIO has members in 43 American states and 10 nations, including Australia, India, Kenya, and the Netherlands.

Shields currently resides in Virginia and is the associate director of the Great Lives Lecture Series at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia which brings prominent biographers and historians to campus.

Published Works


Amy Tan, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Annie Oakley, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Buffalo Bill Cody, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

George Lucas, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Martha Stewart, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Mohandas K. Gandhi, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Mythmaker: The Story of J.K. Rowling, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Roald Dahl, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Spike Lee, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

Saddam Hussein, Chelsea House Publishers, 2003

Vladimir Putin, Chelsea House Publishers, 2003

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee , Henry Holt, 2007

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee, Henry Holt, 2008

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, Henry Holt, 2011


James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002

The Great Plague and Fire of London, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002


Belize, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Central America: Facts and Figures, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Costa Rica, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

El Salvador, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Guatemala, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Honduras, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Nicaragua, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Panama, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003

Argentina, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004

Brazil, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004

Chile, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004

Peru, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004

Uruguay, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004

Venezuela, Mason Crest Publishers, 2004

College Career Guides:

The College Guide for Parents, Surrey Books, 1986, 3rd edition, College Entrance Exam Board, 1995

How to Help Your Teenager Find the Right Career, College Entrance Examination Board, 1988

Back In School: A Guide for Adult Learners, Career Press, 1994

Mental Health:

Mental Illness and Its Effects on School and Work Environments, Chelsea House Publishers, 2000

Sexual Disorders, Chelsea House Publishers, 2001

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Buffalo Bill Cody (Front)(Pbk) (Oop) (Famous Figures of the American Frontier)

ISBN: 0791064980
Release Date: 2001-09

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Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee

ISBN: 0805083197
Release Date: 2007-04-03

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I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee

ISBN: 0805083340
Release Date: 2008-04-01

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And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

ISBN: 0805086935
Release Date: 2011-11-08

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Belize (Central America Today)

ISBN: 1422207110
Release Date: 2007-09-01

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Costa Rica (Central America Today)

ISBN: 1422207137
Release Date: 2007-09-01

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El Salvador (Central America Today)

ISBN: 1422207145
Release Date: 2007-09-01

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Honduras (Central America Today)

ISBN: 1422207161
Release Date: 2007-09-01

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Nicaragua (Central America Today)

ISBN: 142220717X
Release Date: 2007-09-01

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Agent:

Jeff Kleinman

Folio Literary Management

505 8th Ave., Ste. 603

New York, NY 10018


External Links

Charles J. Shields on WorldCat

Charles J. Shields on Amazon


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