Richard Price (writer)
October 12, 1949 |
The Bronx, New York City, United States
|Occupation||Novelist, screenwriter, journalist|
A self-described "middle class Jewish kid", Price was born in the Bronx, New York City and grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a B.A. from Cornell University and an MFA from Columbia University. He also did graduate work at Stanford University.
He has taught writing at Columbia, Yale University, and New York University. He was one of the first people interviewed on the NPR show Fresh Air when it began airing nationally in 1987. In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
Price's novels explore late 20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim. Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy. In his review of Lush Life (2008), Walter Kirn compared Price to Raymond Chandler and Saul Bellow.
Price's first novel was The Wanderers (1974), a coming-of-age story set in the Bronx in 1962, written when Price was 24 years old. It was adapted into a film in 1979, with a screenplay by Rose and Philip Kaufman and directed by the latter.
Clockers (1992) was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been praised for its humor, suspense, dialogue, and character development. In 1995, it was made into a film directed by Spike Lee; Price and Lee shared writing credits for the screenplay.
Price has written numerous screenplays including The Color of Money (1986), for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Life Lessons (the Martin Scorsese segment of New York Stories) (1989), Sea of Love (1989), Mad Dog and Glory (1992), Ransom (1996), and Shaft (2000). He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire. Price was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony for his work on the fifth season of The Wire. He is often cast in cameo roles in the films he writes.
In July 2010, a group art show inspired by Lush Life was held in nine galleries in New York City.
As of August 2010, he has agreed to write a series of detective novels for Henry Holt under the pen name Jay Morris, beginning in 2011.
In December of 2011 Macmillan Publishing posted a PDF document on its website (via offshoot Henry Holt) that provided a synopsis for the first Jay Morris novel and listed a publication date of March 2012. However as of April 2012 it remains unpublished and is currently untitled.
- 1974. The Wanderers
- 1976. Bloodbrothers
- 1978. Ladies' Man
- 1983. The Breaks
- 1992. Clockers
- 1998. Freedomland
- 2003. Samaritan
- 2008. Lush Life
- Child 44 (2014)
- Price, Richard (October 25, 1981). "The Fonzie of Literature". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- Kirn, Walter. "Neighborhood Watch " New York Times Book Review, March 16, 2008.
- "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- Tales From the Script, Peter Hanson and Paul Herman, 2010, HarperCollins, page 196.
- Cotter, Holland (July 8, 2010). "Galleries Interpret Richard Price's ‘Lush Life'". The New York Times.
- "Henry Holt & Company Subsidiary Rights Guide Winter 2012". Macmillan Publishing.
- Richard Price at the Internet Movie Database
- James Linville (Spring 1996). "Richard Price, The Art of Fiction No. 144". The Paris Review.
- Richard Price interview
- Michael Chabon, "In Priceland", The New York Review of Books, May 1, 2008. A review of Lush Life and of Price's career
- John Hood review of Samaritan, Bully Magazine
- Richard Price in Barcelona's book channel Canal-L, about "Lush life"