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Richard Ford

 

 

 

Although he was born and raised in Mississippi, Richard Ford does not like to be referred to as a “Southern writer”.  As a writer of novels, short stories, and a work of non-fiction, one of his recurring themes is transience, which was a part of his early life as he was the son of a travelling salesman. 

 

When Mr. Ford was 16 years old, his father died and he went to Arkansas to live with his grandparents, who were running a hotel.  He completed one term of hotel administration at Michigan State University before concluding that he liked words, and changed to studying literature, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in literature.  He went on to earn a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California at Irvine, a program for writers who intend to make writing their life.  His first novel, A Piece of My Heart, was nominated for the Ernest Hemingway best first novel award.  After publishing two novels, he began working and writing for Inside Sports Magazine.  He subsequently wrote The Sportswriter, about a man named Frank Bascombe who abandoned a promising writing career to report on sports for a magazine.  The novel was named one of Time magazine’s best books of the year.  He has since written two more Frank Bascombe books, Independence Day, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (the first time the same book won both prizes) and The Lay of the Land.

 

In addition to writing, Mr. Ford has also taught literature and writing at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, at Princeton University, and at Williams College.

 





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