Richard B. Pelzer

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Richard Pelzer
Born Richard Bryan Pelzer
June 16, 1965
San Francisco,
United States
Occupation Memoirist, Novelist
Nationality American

Richard Bryan Pelzer (born June 16, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is an American public speaker, memoirist and author. Pelzer is the fourth of five sons of Stephen Pelzer and Catherine Roerva. He is the author of A Brother’s Journey as well as the sequel entitled A Teenager’s Journey.

He is married with four children.

Abuse as a child[edit]

Pelzer is the author of a number of New York Times best-sellers, including A Brother’s Journey, an account of the story of his young adult life. Pelzer is also the author of A Teenager’s Journey which recounts his teenage years. His brother, Dave Pelzer was severely abused by his mother when he was a child. He and his brother, David Pelzer also a best selling author, were the only two that received this treatment.


A rather heated argument has been alleged between Richard Pelzer and his brother Dave Pelzer, who wrote A Child Called "It" about his own abuse by his mother. Questions about Richard’s brother’s memories have been raised concerning Dave’s heavily one sided depiction of his childhood. Numerous articles in publications including The Mail on Sunday ("Is He Making 'It' All Up?"), the New York Times Magazine ("Dysfunction for Dollars", by Pat Jordan, July 28, 2002), and the online magazine Slate ("Dave Pelzer - The Child Abuse Entrepreneur) have expressed skepticism of claims made by Richard’s brother


  • Booklist, November 15, 2004, Stephanie Zvirin, review of A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse, p. 538.
  • Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2004, review of A Brother's Journey, p. 995.
  • Library Journal, January 1, 2005, Antoinette Brinkman, review of A Brother's Journey, p. 132.
  • Publishers Weekly, November 15, 2004, review of A Brother's Journey, p. 50.



  • Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006.