American author known for the modern classic, The Sportswriter.
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.