Richard Price (writer)

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Richard Price
Born (1949-10-12) October 12, 1949 (age 65)
The Bronx, New York City, United States
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter, journalist
Nationality American
Period 1974 - present
Genre Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery
Notable works The Wanderers, Clockers
Spouse Lorraine Adams

Richard Price (born October 12, 1949) is an American novelist and screenwriter, known for the books The Wanderers (1974), Clockers (1992) and Lush Life (2008).

Early life[edit]

Price was born in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Harriet (Rosenbaum) and Milton Price, a window dresser.[1] A self-described "lower middle class Jewish kid", he grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967[2] and obtained a B.A. from Cornell University and an MFA from Columbia University. He also did graduate work at Stanford University.[citation needed]

He has taught writing at Columbia, Yale University, and New York University. He was one of the first people interviewed on the NPR show Fresh Air when it began airing nationally in 1987. In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.[citation needed] He was inducted into the Academy in 2009.

Price's novels explore late 20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim. Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy. In his review of Lush Life (2008), Walter Kirn compared Price to Raymond Chandler and Saul Bellow.[3]

Price's first novel was The Wanderers (1974), a coming-of-age story set in the Bronx in 1962, written when Price was 24 years old. It was adapted into a film in 1979, with a screenplay by Rose and Philip Kaufman and directed by the latter.

Clockers (1992) was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been praised for its humor, suspense, dialogue, and character development. In 1995, it was made into a film directed by Spike Lee; Price and Lee shared writing credits for the screenplay.

Price has written numerous screenplays including The Color of Money (1986), for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Life Lessons (the Martin Scorsese segment of New York Stories) (1989), Sea of Love (1989), Mad Dog and Glory (1993), Ransom (1996), and Shaft (2000). He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire. Price won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony for his work on the fifth season of The Wire.[4] He wrote the screenplay for the film Child 44 which will be released in April 2015 He is often cast in cameo roles in the films he writes. His eight part HBO mini series 'CRIME' began filming in Sept. 2014

Price did uncredited work on the film American Gangster,[5] wrote and conceptualized the 18-minute film surrounding Michael Jackson's "Bad" video.

He has published articles in The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Rolling Stone and others.

In July 2010, a group art show inspired by Lush Life was held in nine galleries in New York City.[6]

Price wrote a detective novel entitled The Whites under the pen name Harry Brandt.[7] The book is to be released February 17, 2015.[7] Film producer Scott Rudin will be producing a film version of the novel.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Price lives in Harlem in New York City, and is married to the journalist Lorraine Adams.[8]


Critical studies and reviews[edit]



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  2. ^ Price, Richard (October 25, 1981). "The Fonzie of Literature". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  3. ^ Kirn, Walter. "Neighborhood Watch " New York Times Book Review, March 16, 2008.
  4. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  5. ^ Tales From the Script, Peter Hanson and Paul Herman, 2010, HarperCollins, page 196.
  6. ^ Cotter, Holland (July 8, 2010). "Galleries Interpret Richard Price's ‘Lush Life'". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ a b c Ford, Rebecca (August 22, 2014). "Sony in Talks to Adapt Richard Price's Crime Fiction Book (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
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