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 and secondary education from La Salle University and an MFA from Goddard College. Quick taught high school literature in southern New Jersey for several years, before leaving his job as a tenured English teacher in Haddonfield, New Jersey to write his first novel while living in Collingswood, New Jersey. [6] [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.


Source: Fiction Database[9]


  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 Bio". 
  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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  9. ^ "Matthew Quick Book List". FictionDB. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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