Matthew Quick

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Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick
Quick in 2013
Born (1973-10-23) October 23, 1973 (age 42)
Camden, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater La Salle University, Goddard College
Genre Adult novels, Young-adult novels
Notable works The Silver Linings Playbook
Partner Alicia Bessette

Matthew Quick (born October 23, 1973) is an American writer of adult and young-adult fiction. His debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, became a New York Times bestseller[1] and was adapted as a movie of the same name starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker.[2]

Quick was finalist for a 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award,[3] and his work has been translated into several languages. In 2012, his young-adult novel, Boy 21, was reviewed favorably by The New York Times.[4]

Quick was a finalist for the TIME 100 most influential people of 2013.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Quick grew up in Oaklyn, New Jersey and graduated from Collingswood High School. He has a degree in English literature from La Salle University and an MFA from Goddard College.[6] He left his job as a tenured English teacher in Haddonfield, New Jersey to write his first novel while living in Collingswood, New Jersey.[7] Quick lived in Massachusetts for several years; he and his wife, novelist and pianist Alicia Bessette now live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.[8] He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from La Salle in 2013.[9]


Source: Fiction Database[10]


  1. ^ "The New York Times Bestseller List". New York Times. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  2. ^ "David O. Russell to Direct The Silver Linings Playbook | /Film". 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "The Finer Points of the Game". The New York Times, Matt de la Peña , March 9, 2012. 2012-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Matthew Quick | The 2013 TIME 100 Poll |". 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Matthew Quick | Goddard College". 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  7. ^ Skoufalos, Matt (2013-02-24). "'Silver Linings Playbook' Scribe Reflects on Roots - Entertainment - Collingswood, NJ Patch". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  10. ^ "Matthew Quick Book List". FictionDB. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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