Alan Riding

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Alan Riding (born 8 December 1943, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a British author and journalist. He was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times, most recently as the paper's European Cultural Correspondent based in Paris. His latest book is And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris.[1]

Early life[edit]

After spending his first 11 years in Brazil, Riding went to England to attend Rossall School, Lancashire, and later Bristol University. He studied law before deciding instead to become a journalist.[2]


Riding started with Reuters in New York City, covering the United Nations. In 1971, he left Reuters and moved to Mexico to work as a freelance reporter, principally for The Financial Times, The Economist, and The New York Times.[3] In 1978, he joined The New York Times as Mexico City bureau chief. Before leaving Mexico for Brazil in 1984, he wrote Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans, on modern Mexico.[4] As the Rio de Janeiro bureau chief, Riding covered the transitions from military regimes to democracies in Brazil and many neighboring countries as well as guerrilla wars and drug trafficking in Peru[5] and Colombia.[6]

In 1989, after a brief stint in Rome, he was named The New York Times 's Paris bureau chief, which included coverage of the European Union and NATO. In 1995, he became the paper's European Cultural Correspondent, a post that involved covering all the arts in the region.[7] During this period, he also co-authored (with Leslie Dunton-Downer) "Essential Shakespeare Handbook" and "Opera". In 2007, Riding left journalism to write And The Show Went On, published by Knopf in 2010. It has also been published in Britain and has been translated into Spanish, Catalan, French, Polish, Chinese and Portuguese. He has since devoted himself to writing for the theater.

Riding lives in Paris,[8] with his wife Marlise Simons who is a reporter for The New York Times.


  • 1981 Maria Moors Cabot Prize for Latin American Coverage.[9]
  • 1992 Latin American Studies Association, Special Citation.[10]
  • 2003 Order of the Águila Azteca,[11] Mexico.
  • 2011 Palau I Fabre International non-Fiction Prize,[12] Spain.


  • Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. Knopf, New York, 1985; Vintage 1986. (ISBN 978-0307389053)
  • Essential Shakespeare Handbook. DK, New York and London, 2004. (ISBN 978-0789493330)
  • Eyewitness Companions: Opera. DK, New York and London, 2006. (ISBN 978-0756622046)
  • And The Show Went On; Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris. Knopf, 2010; Vintage 2011. (ISBN 978-0307389053)
  • Libertadores, Samsa Editions, Brussels, 2016.(ISBN 978-2-87593-112-2)


  1. ^ "Written by Alan Riding - Biography". And The Show Went On. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  2. ^ "Written by Alan Riding - Biography". And The Show Went On. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  3. ^ "LATINS SEEKING A COMMON FRONT - 24 Foreign Ministers Meet in Mexico to Prepare for Talks With Kissinger 'A New Dialogue' Delegations Distressed - Article -". 1974-02-19. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  4. ^ Riding, Alan (1985-03-01). "Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  5. ^ Riding, Alan (1986-11-16). "Peru Cracks Down Again On Rebels Of The Shining Path". PERU: Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  6. ^ Riding, Alan (1984-05-22). "Colombia Says Drug War Won'T Bar Rebel Pact". Colombia: Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  7. ^ Riding, Alan. "Alan Riding - The New York Times". Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  8. ^ "Author and Journalist Alan Riding teaches a Writing Workshop at AGS". 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  9. ^ "Cabot Prizes: Past Winners - Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  10. ^ "Latin American Studies Association: LASA Awards". Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  11. ^ "Entrega gobierno Orden del Aguila Azteca al periodista Alan Riding". Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  12. ^ "Javier Argüello, II Premio Internacional de Ensayo Palau i Fabre" (in Spanish). 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2013-10-24.

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