Edward Rutherfurd

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Edward Rutherfurd
Born 1948
Salisbury, England
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Genre Historical novels
Notable works Sarum
Website
www.edwardrutherfurd.com

Edward Rutherfurd is a pen name for Francis Edward Wintle[1] (born 1948 in Salisbury, England). He is best known as a writer of epic historical novels which span long periods of history but are set in particular places. His debut novel Sarum set the pattern for his work with a ten-thousand year storyline.

Biography[edit]

Rutherfurd attended the University of Cambridge and Stanford Business School, where he earned a Sloan fellowship.[1][2] After graduating he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing.[2] He abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983 and returned to his childhood home to write Sarum, a historical novel with a ten-thousand year story, set in the area around the ancient monument of Stonehenge and Salisbury.[3]

Sarum was published in 1987 and became an instant international best-seller, remaining for 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.[citation needed] Since then he produced seven more New York Times best-sellers: Russka, a novel of Russia; London; The Forest, set in England's New Forest which lies close by Sarum; two novels, Dublin: Foundation (The Princes of Ireland) and Ireland: Awakening (The Rebels of Ireland), which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the twentieth century; New York; and Paris.

His books have sold more than fifteen million copies and been translated into twenty languages.[citation needed] Rutherfurd settled near Dublin, Ireland in the early 1990s, but currently divides his time between Europe and North America.[2]

New York: The Novel, won the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction in 2009[4] and was awarded the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, by the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, in 2011.[5]

In 2015 Edward Rutherfurd was the recipient of the City of Zaragoza’s International Historical Novel Honor Award "for his body of work in the field of the historical novel."[6]

Style[edit]

Rutherfurd invents four to six fictional families and tells the stories of their descendants. Using this framework, he chronicles the history of a place, often from the beginning of civilization to modern times - a kind of historical fiction inspired by the work of James Michener.[7]

Rutherfurd's novels are generally at least 500 pages and sometimes even over 1,000. Divided into a number of parts, each chapter represents a different era in the area of the novel's history. There is usually an extensive family tree in the introduction, and each generational line matches with the corresponding chapters.[8][9]

Works[edit]

Edward Rutherfurd talks about New York novel on Bookbits radio.
  • Sarum (1987) latterly titled Sarum: the Novel of England
  • Russka (1991) sometimes titled Russka: the Novel of Russia
  • London (1997)
  • The Forest (2000)
  • Dublin: Foundation (2004) titled The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga in North America
  • Ireland: Awakening (2006) titled The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga in North America
  • New York (September 2009)
  • Paris (April 2013) sometimes titled Paris: A Novel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pimentel, Ben. "Sloan Graduates Take the Road Less Traveled". Stanford Graduate School of Business. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". Edward Rutherfurd Official Website. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Rutherfurd, Edward (1987). Sarum. Random House. ISBN 9780099527305. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners of the David J. Langum Sr. Prizes: 2009, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction". LangumTrust.org. 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Medals Awarded by the Society". SaintNicholasSociety.org. Retrieved December 20, 2015.  He won for 2011.
  6. ^ "Vanessa Montfort and Edward Rutherfurd, recipients of the XI International Historical Novel Prize "City of Zaragoza"". Zaragoza City Council News. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Tod, Mary (2013). "Edward Rutherfurd talks Paris, the creative process and the ebb and flow of historical fiction with Mary Tod". Historical Novel Society. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Silver, Steven H (November 2009). "Review of New York by Edward Rutherfurd". SF Site. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Family Tree from Paris" (PDF). Edward Rutherfurd Official Site. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 

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