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 at Barnes & Noble.
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
|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|
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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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."