Richard Dooling

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Richard Dooling
Omaha, Nebraska
Pen nameEleanor Druse
GenreLiterary fiction, legal thriller, satire, horror

Richard Patrick Dooling (born 1954) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for his novel White Man's Grave, a finalist for the 1994 National Book Award for Fiction, and for co-producing and co-writing the 2004 ABC miniseries Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital.

Dooling's first novel, Critical Care (1992), was made into a 1997 movie of the same title, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring James Spader and Kyra Sedgwick. His next three novels—White Man's Grave (1994), Brain Storm (1998), and Bet Your Life (2002)—were all New York Times Notable Books. In conjunction with Kingdom Hospital, he also wrote The Journals of Eleanor Druse (2004), writing as Eleanor Druse, a character in the miniseries. Dooling's short story "Bush Pigs" was read as part of Selected Shorts, a program produced by Symphony Space in New York and aired on NPR. The performance was later included on the CD Getting There from Here, a compilation of listeners' favorites from the program.[1]

His nonfiction book Blue Streak: Swearing, Free Speech, and Sexual Harassment (1996) is an examination of the social and legal implications of profane speech. In Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ (2008) he explores the implications of machine intelligence overtaking human intelligence. He has also written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal.

Dooling was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and is a graduate of Saint Louis University (1976) and Saint Louis University School of Law (1987). He has been a practicing attorney and developer of web-based legal tools for the St. Louis firm Bryan Cave. For several years, Dooling was a professor and lecturer at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law.[2][3]


  • Novels
    • Critical Care (1992)
    • White Man's Grave (1994)
    • Brain Storm (1998)
    • Bet Your Life (2002)
    • The Journals of Eleanor Druse (writing as Eleanor Druse) (2004)
  • Nonfiction
    • Blue Streak: Swearing, Free Speech, and Sexual Harassment (1996)
    • Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ (2008)
  • As contributor or editor
    • Rendezvous in Black by Cornell Woolrich. Modern Library 20th Century Rediscoveries, 2004 [1948]. (Introduction)
    • Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories (2008) (Roe #5)


  1. ^ "Selected Shorts CD". Symphony Space. Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  2. ^ Jeffers, Tessa (October 27, 2003). "Stephen King, Nebraska writer team up for TV series". The Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "Nebraska Law Viewbook 2013-2014". ISSUU. September 25, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2022.

External links[edit]