Richard Russo

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Richard Russo
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Russo in 2008
Born (1949-07-15) July 15, 1949 (age 66)
Johnstown, New York
Occupation Novelist, Screenwriter, Short-Story Writer
Nationality American
Education University of Arizona
Notable works Empire Falls, Nobody's Fool, Straight Man
Notable awards 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Richard Russo (born July 15, 1949) is an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and teacher.

Early life and education[edit]

Russo was born in Johnstown, New York, and raised in nearby Gloversville. He earned a Bachelor's degree, a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arizona, which he attended from 1967 through 1979.[1]


He was teaching in the English department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale when his first novel, Mohawk, was published in 1986. Much of his work has been semi-autobiographical, drawing on his life from his upbringing in upstate New York to his time teaching literature at Colby College (subsequently retired).[2] He now lives and writes in Camden, Maine.

His 2001 novel Empire Falls received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has written six other novels and a short story collection. Russo co-wrote the 1998 film Twilight with director Robert Benton, who also adapted and directed Russo's Nobody's Fool into a 1994 film of the same title, starring Paul Newman. Russo wrote the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of Empire Falls, the screenplay for the 2005 film Ice Harvest, and the screenplay for the 2005 Niall Johnson film Keeping Mum, which starred Rowan Atkinson.

Personal life[edit]

Russo and his wife, Barbara, live in Camden, Maine, and spend winters in Boston.[3] The couple have two daughters, Kate and Emily.




  1. ^ Birnbaum, Robert (2001). "Interview: Richard Russo". identity theory. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Richard Russo". New York State Writers Institute, State University of New York. 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  3. ^ Richard Russo Profile

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