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Richard Ford

American author known for the modern classic, The Sportswriter.

16/02/1944 -

Richard Ford biography and information

Richard Ford is an American novelist and short story writer. He studied English at Michigan State University, although he had initially signed up to study hotel management. He went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, where he was taught by Oakley Hall and E.L. Doctorow, who were both big influences for him.

His first two novels sold poorly, leading Ford to take up sports writing. When the magazine he was working for failed, Ford returned to fiction writing with The Sportswriter in 1986. It was an immediate critical and commercial success. In 1995, Independence Day, one of two sequels to The Sportswriter, became the first book to win both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the same year.

For the last 25 years, Ford has been a prolific writer and hugely in demand as both an editor and lecturer. He currently lives in Maine with his wife.

Book and writing awards

Prix Femina Etranger 2013 (Canada), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2013 (Canada), PEN/Faulkner Award 1995 (Independence Day), Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1995 (Independence Day).

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Books by Richard Ford

Wildlife
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The Sportswriter
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Canada
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Wildlife
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Independence Day
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The Lay of the Land
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Let Me Be Frank With You
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Women with Men
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Between Them
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Rock Springs
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A Multitude of Sins
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A Piece of My Heart
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The Ultimate Good Luck
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Hostas
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The Bascombe Novels
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