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									Richard FordRichard Ford
Distinguished American writer Richard Ford is best known for a trilogy of prize-winning novels featuring one of the most unforgettable, deeply resonant characters in contemporary American fiction: Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged Everyman from suburban New Jersey.

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Fact File

Name:
Richard Ford
Date of Birth:
February 16, 1944
Place of Birth:
Jackson, Mississippi
Education:
B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970
Awards:
Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, 1996





Ford's Latest

Published Novels

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								The Lay of the Land, Author: 
								Richard Ford .

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The Lay of the Land
by Richard Ford
With 1985's The Sportswriter, Ford began a cycle of novels that ten years later -- after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award -- was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself." Here, Frank Bascombe's story resumes in the fall of 2000, with the presidential election still hanging in the balance and Thanksgiving looming before him -- with all the perils of a post-nuclear family get-together....
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								A Piece of My Heart, Author: 
								Richard Ford.
*  A Piece of My Heart (1976)
*  The Ultimate Good Luck (1981)
*  The Sportswriter (1986)
*  Wildlife (1990)
*  Independence Day (1995)
*  Vintage Ford (2004)
*  The Lay of the Land (2006)

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The Award-Winning Sequel

A Ford Sampler

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								Independence Day, Author: 
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Independence Day
by Richard Ford
Ford revisited his divorced, middle-aged hero from The Sportswriter in this novel about a father's holiday weekend excursion with his troubled teen son. The result was Ford's crowning achievement, a bittersweet book that became the first to simultaneously win the Pulitzer and the PEN/Faulkner.

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								Vintage Ford, Author: 
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Vintage Ford
by Richard Ford
Featuring key excerpts, essays, and other supplemental materials, this helpful introductory reader is a great way to get started on exploring Ford's body of work.

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