Bruce Ducker

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Bruce Ducker (born 1938) is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet.

Ducker has written eight novels and a volume of short stories. His poetry and short fiction appear in such journals as The New Republic[1] , The Yale Review,[2] Poetry,[3][disambiguation needed] Commonwealth,[4][disambiguation needed] The Southern Review[5] and The Hudson Review.[6] Recent stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah,[7][disambiguation needed] and Ascent.[8][disambiguation needed] He is also known as a writer of fly-fishing stories, and his work is carried by Gray's Sporting Journal and The Big Sky Journal. He received the Colorado Book Award in 1995 for Lead Us Not Into Penn Station (also short-listed for the American Library Best Book Award) and was nominated for The Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 novel Marital Assets. He was early recognized by the Knopf editor Gordon Lish and featured in Lish's influential literary magazine, The Quarterly.

His most recent books are his eighth novel, Dizzying Heights from Fulcrum, which was nominated for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor); and The Home Pool: Stories of Fly Fishing and Lesser Passions, with illustrations by Western artist Duke Beardsley from Stackpole Books.

Critics have lauded Ducker's books. Though his books fall into several genres, his work often addresses the setting of the individual against the structures of wealth and business. Critics have compared his work to the writing of Louis Auchincloss and John Marquand.

Ducker was born in New York, and was educated at Dartmouth College (A.B., 1960) and Columbia University (M.A., 1963; LL.B., 1964). He was admitted to the Colorado state bar in 1964. In 1979, he founded the Denver law firm Ducker, Montgomery, Lewis & Bess P. C. He has practiced corporate law most of his life, and has written law-review articles on business law. He has had a career in business as well as law, serving as general counsel and president of major companies, and serving as a director of several corporations. He has long been listed in Who's Who (America, World, American Law, and Arts), SuperLawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Ducker, who lives in Colorado, is a jazz pianist and a licensed instrument pilot.


  • Home Pool: Stories of Fly Fishing and Lesser Passions" (Stackpole Books, 2008)
  • Dizzying Heights: The Aspen Novel (Fulcrum Books, 2008)
  • Mooney in Flight (MacAdam/Cage, 2003)
  • Bloodlines (Permanent Press, 2000)
  • Lead Us Not Into Penn Station (Permanent Press, 1995)
  • Marital Assets (Permanent Press, 1993)
  • Bankroll (E. P. Dutton, 1989)
  • Failure at the Mission Trust (Freundlich Books, 1986)
  • Rule by Proxy (Crown, 1975)

See also[edit]

  • Gordon Lish (Bruce Ducker is a former protégé of Lish)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ducker, Bruce (April 21, 2010). "To an Old Man Dying". The New Republic. 
  2. ^ The Yale Review 81:2. 1993. 
  3. ^ Poetry Magazine. May 1991 – August 1992. 
  4. ^ Commonwealth. February 12, 1992. 
  5. ^ Southern Review 43:3. 2007. 
  6. ^ Hudson Review LIX (4). 2007. 
  7. ^ "The Iceman". Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  8. ^ [cite web|url= "Private Lives"].