Charles J. Shields (born December 2, 1951) is an American biographer, primarily of 20th-century American novelists.
Raised in a Chicago suburb, Shields attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, graduating with degrees in English and American history in 1979. He is married and has two children.
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. School Library Journal wrote, “This fine biography of a second-generation American should be read by all immigrant teens and children of immigrants as they sort out how to cope with their parents and come to an understanding of their own bicultural heritage.” Shields's biography of Martha Stewart for adolescents was reviewed in The Atlantic by Caitlin Flanagan, who remarked that it was superior to another biography of Ms. Stewart written for adults...
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