The Kronos Chronicles, which includes The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe, are written by Marie Rutkoski. Her debut novel, The Cabinet of Wonders, was designated an Indie Next Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children's Novel of the Year, among other accolades. Being the oldest of four children, Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). She studied under Pulitzer Prize winner James Alan McPherson at the University of Iowa, where she took Writers' Workshop programs. She resided in Moscow and Prague after graduating.
After she received her Ph.D., she was ecstatic. She held dual appointments as a lecturer at Harvard University in English and American Literature and Language, as well as History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor of Renaissance Theatre, Children's Literature, and Creative Writing at Brooklyn College. She currently resides in New York City.
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