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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Croft  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa

-- Barbara Croft on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Barbara lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barbara is the author of ''Moon's Crossing'', set at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Her work has been called "breathtaking" by Tim O'Brien and "magnificent" by Bharati Mukherjee. Croft has a writing style that is highly visual, poetic and spare.

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Titles At Your Library

Primary Colors (MVP)
ISBN: 0898231248

New Rivers Press. 1991

Barbara Croft's stories look at ordinary lives disrupted by extraordinary events: a fallen meteor, dinosaur bones emerging in a corn field, the birth of a two-headed calf. Her finely crafted depictions of setting and character would be sufficient to make Primary Colors an important debut, but Croft's ability to push her fiction--and her readers--to the emotional edge makes this collection nothing less than remarkable.

Necessary Fictions
ISBN: 0822940787

Univ of Pittsburgh Pr. 1998

A collection of stories centering on the need for artistic expression, the pain of failing in artistic expression, and the ways in which we construct imaginative representations of our lives. At the heart of the collection are three interconnected stories and a novella about a family trapped in the ideologies of patriarchy and the American dream. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Moon's Crossing
ISBN: 0618341536

Mariner Books. 2003

A stunning, cinematic debut novel set at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Moon's Crossing explores a unique time in American history, when the romantic heritage of the nineteenth century merged with the industrial temperament of the modern age.
Jim Moon, an idealistic Union Army veteran, leaves his young wife and son to visit the World's Columbian Exposition, which has attracted America's greatest artists and thinkers as well as its drifters and schemers. Nick, a fast-talking con man, takes Moon to Pullman Town, a model city south of Chicago that is the site of the complex labor strike of 1894. Moon comes to see that the bright future the fair promised is compromised by greed. Unable to recapture his early vision of America, he takes his own life, and in so doing generates a surprising love story between a common young woman and a corrupt policeman as well as a major upheaval in the life of his neglected son.
Kaleidoscopic and fast-paced, Moon's Crossing draws on such sources as the traditional tall tale to present a unique narrative style. Moon's adventures are completely American, and the legacy he leaves is, ironically, more significant than his failed life would have foretold.


  • Drue Heinz Prize for Literature in 1998 for ''Necessary Fictions''
  • Society of Midland Authors award for adult fiction for ''Necessary Fictions''
  • Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Society, 2000, for "Columbia", an early novella version of ''Moon's Crossing''
  • Barbara was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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