Warren Adler

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Warren Adler
Born December 16, 1927 (1927-12-16) (age 86)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Education New York University, The New School
Genre Fiction, Poetry, Essays
Subject Writing
Notable works The War of the Roses, Random Hearts, The Sunset Gang
Spouse Sonia Adler
Children Michael Adler, Jonathan Adler, David Adler

Warren Adler (born December 16, 1927) is an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Adler has published 32 novels and short story collections. His work has been translated into various languages.[1] Two of his novels, The War of the Roses[2] and Random Hearts,[3] have been made into motion pictures. Three short stories from his collection, The Sunset Gang have been filmed as a trilogy and broadcast on public television stations.

Education and early career[edit]

Adler graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and later, New York University, where he studied English literature. Adler studied creative writing under Don Wolfe and Charles Glicksburg. At The New School, his classmates included Mario Puzo and William Styron. After graduation, Adler worked at the New York Daily News, before becoming editor of the Queens Post.

During the Korean War, Adler served in the United States Army and was recruited by the American Forces Press Service as the Washington correspondent at the Pentagon. His by-line was published in Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard publications.

Adler became a businessman, acquiring four radio stations as well as a television station. However, he continued to write, publishing his first novel in 1974.

Writing career[edit]

In 1974, Adler's third novel, Options was published by Whitman Publishing. Adler's own advertising agency managed the promotion of the book. It was not a commercial success.[4]

From that time, Adler wrote thirty-two novels, including The War of The Roses (1981) and Random Hearts. The War of the Roses was adapted for the stage and both books became films. The film rights to The War of the Roses were sold to 20th Century Fox in 1989.[2][5] In 1990, Adler sold the film rights to Private Lies to Tri-Star Pictures for US$1,200,000.[6]

Adler also wrote The Sunset Gang a collection of six short stories about a retirement community in Florida. The Sunset Gang became an American Playhouse three-hour television production in 1991, starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Jerry Stiller, Ron Rifkin, and Doris Roberts. The short stories later became a play that featured music composed by L. Russell Brown.

In 1975, Adler became the founder of The Washington Dossier, a magazine that focused on Washington's social elite. During its peak, the magazine numbered 250 pages. Adler sold the company in 1987, and the magazine closed in 1991.[7]

Adler’s Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series, which features a promiscuous police woman who works for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. The Fiona Fitzgerald series includes seven novels: American Quartet, American Sextet, Death of a Washington Madame, The Witch of Watergate, Senator Love, Immaculate Deception and The Ties That Bind. In 2002, a pilot episode based on the series was produced for Lifetime.[8]

In 1981, Adler wrote the sequel to The War of the Roses. The Children of the Roses focused on the aftermath left by the divorce of the Roses and its effect on their children. In 2013, the novel was re-issued as The War of the Roses: The Children.

Adler's thematic material includes the nature of intimate human relationships; the mysterious nature of love and attraction; the fragile relationships between husbands and wives, and parents and children; the corrupting power of money; the aging process; and how families cling together when challenged by the outside world.

Adler encourages new authors. He is the founder of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and his website contains information for aspiring authors[9] Adler also writes blog entries for The Huffington Post, where he discusses a variety of topics such as writing, the entertainment business, eBooks, publishing, and politics.[1]

E-Book pioneer[edit]

From its conception, Adler was involved in electronic publishing. In the early 2000s, Adler predicted the decline of printed books and he envisioned digital publishing becoming the norm. He acquired his complete back-list and converted this library to a digital publishing format. He based this action on the hope that his books would never go out of print; they would last beyond his lifetime and would be a legacy of his life’s work. Adler wrote an article for the The Author’s Guild stating that authors had best prepare for a major change in the way traditional publishing businesses operated. He argued that traditional publishers no longer had a monopoly on marketing, distribution, publicity, and content and stated prolific authors like himself should take charge of their own destiny since traditional publishers would slowly fade as the principle conduit from authors to readership.[4]

The Warren Adler short story contest[edit]

In 2006, Adler initiated "The Warren Adler Short Story Contest". The first anthology of contest winners was printed in 2010.[citation needed] Adler is the sponsor of a visiting writer series at the New York university department of creative writing.[10]



  • The War of the Roses
  • The War of the Roses - The Children
  • The Sunset Gang
  • The David Embrace
  • Flanagan's Dolls
  • The Womanizer
  • Residue
  • Empty Treasures
  • Random Hearts
  • Funny Boys
  • Trans-Siberian Express
  • Mourning Glory
  • Cult
  • The Casanova Embrace
  • Blood Ties
  • Natural Enemies
  • Banquet Before Dawn
  • The Housewife Blues
  • Madeline's Miracles
  • We Are Holding the President Hostage
  • Private Lies
  • Twilight Child
  • The Henderson Equation
  • Undertow
  • The Serpent's Bite

Short stories[edit]

The Fiona FitzGerald Mysteries[edit]

  • American Quartet
  • American Sextet
  • Death of a Washington Madame
  • The Witch of Watergate
  • Senator Love
  • Immaculate Deception
  • The Ties That Bind


  1. ^ a b Adler W. "Where is our culture heading?" The Huffington Post October 25, 2011. Accessed March 23, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The War of the roses." imdb website 1990. Accessed March 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Random Hearts." imdb website 1990. Accessed March 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Your money." New York Times August 21, 2005.
  5. ^ Masters K. "Warren Adler's Hollywood Dossier." The Washington Post December 8, 1989. Accessed at Highbeam January 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Private Lies." imdb website 1990.
  7. ^ "Washington Dossier." Washington Dossier website.
  8. ^ "Lifetime television announces two new one hour drama pilots for primetime consideration for summer 2002." PR Newswire website 2002.
  9. ^ "Jackson Hole writers' conference." Conference website.
  10. ^ "New York university creative writing program to feature pulitzer prize winners junot diaz and charles wright and others in November and December." New York university news.

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