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									Richard RussoRichard Russo
Known for his sly humor and his touchingly real characters, Richard Russo’s novels about the perennial odd man out are notable for both their sharp turns of phrase and for their nuance. The film version of Nobody's Fool earned him a wider audience, but the Pulitzer in 2001 for Empire Falls ensured a spotlight on his work for years to come.

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Richard Russo
Current Home:
Gloversville, New York
Date of Birth:
July 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Johnstown, New York
B.A., University of Arizona, 1967; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1979; M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1980
Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, 2002

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								Empire Falls, Author: 
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Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
Empire Falls is larger in scope than Russo's previous novels, but retains the qualities his fans have come to love: wit, compassion, and a sharp ear for dialogue. The novel chronicles the struggles of a working-class town in Maine and the embattled but decent man who failed to escape it.

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*  Mohawk (1986)
*  The Risk Pool (1988)
*  Nobody's Fool (1993)
*  Straight Man (1997)
*  Empire Falls (2001)
*  Bridge of Sighs (2007)

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Sometime Screenwriter

The adaptation of Russo's novel Nobody's Fool into the modestly successful 1994 film starring Paul Newman led to a creative partnership with director Robert Benton, who collaborated with Russo on an original screenplay for another Newman-starrer, 1998's Twilight. Russo also wrote an original TV movie about a battle between a drive-in theater developer and a funeral home owner, Flamingo Rising.

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Bridge of Sighs
by Richard Russo
Six years after the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning Empire Falls, Richard Russo returns with a novel that expands even further his widely heralded achievement. Bridge of Sighs is classic Russo, coursing with small-town rhythms and the claims of family, yet it is brilliantly enlarged by an expatriate whose motivations and experiences -- often contrary, sometimes not -- prove every bit as mesmerizing as they resonate through these richly different lives. Here is a town, as well as a world,defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions.

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								The Great Gatsby, Author: 
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The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Like a true former college prof, Russo draws a parallel between the class tensions in Empire Falls and the destructive aspirations to wealth in two other classic novels. "Show me someone who claims not to be attracted to [material things]," he says in a publisher's interview, "and I'll show you either a liar or a person with no imagination."

*Great Expectations  by Charles Dickens