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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Primary colors and other stories /
ISBN: 0898231248. OCLC Number:

New Rivers Press ;. Minneapolis :. 1991.

Necessary fictions /
ISBN: 0822940787. OCLC Number:

University of Pittsburgh Press,. Pittsburgh :. ©1998.

A collection of stories on how people handle failure and wrong decisions. In one, a draft dodger from the Vietnam War tries to make up for fleeing the country by working as an orderly in a veterans' hospital, while in another a carpenter commits suicide when he fails to build the perfect house.

Moon's crossing /
ISBN: 0618341536. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2003.

"Jim Moon, a Union Army veteran and visionary, leaves his young wife and son in 1893 to visit the World's Columbian Exposition. There he discovers that the fair has attracted not only America's greatest artists and thinkers but its drifters and con men. In Pullman Town, a model city south of Chicago, Moon is drawn into a complex labor strike and sees that the bright future the fair promised is compromised by greed. Unable to recapture his early vision of America, Moon 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 for his neglected son"--Publisher's description.


  • 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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