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									Richard PowersRichard Powers
Having earned a bit of a reputation for being the reclusive genius type -- he didn't give interviews until he had published his third book, and didn't consent to having his photo on the jacket until his fifth -- novelist Richard Powers explains to The New York Times, "I wanted the books to speak for themselves."

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Richard Powers
Current Home:
Urbana, Illinois
Date of Birth:
June 18, 1957
Place of Birth:
Evanston, Illinois
M.A., University of Illinois, 1979
Lannan Literary Award, 1999; James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Historical Fiction for Gain, 1999; Vursell Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for Plowing the Dark, 2000; National Book Award, Fiction, 2006

2006 National Book Award Winner, Fiction

Published Works

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								The Echo Maker, Author: 
								Richard Powers.

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The Echo Maker
by Richard Powers
Powers's latest novel -- about a young man who experiences a traumatic head injury after an auto accident -- is a gripping neurological mystery. "Powers accomplishes something magnificent, no facile conflation of personal catastrophe with national calamity, but a lovely essay on perseverance in all its forms," observed The New York Times.
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								Gain, Author: 
								Richard Powers.
*  Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance (1985)
*  Prisoner's Dilemma (1988)
*  The Gold Bug Variations (1991)
*  Operation Wandering Soul (1993)
*  Galatea 2.2 (1995)
*  Gain (1998)
*  Plowing the Dark (2000)
*  The Time of Our Singing (2003)
*  The Echo Maker (2006)

*  See the Richard Powers chronology

Writing Rituals

On the high-tech, hands-free laptop dictation method he favors of late, Powers told The New York Times, "My goal for technology has always been to reach a point where the technological mediation becomes invisible," he muses. "Now I can compose the way Wordsworth used to, wandering around the Lake District."

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								The Gold Bug Variations, Author: 
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The Gold Bug Variations
by Richard Powers
Powers's third novel, and the first to win wide international acclaim, The Gold Bug Variations orchestrates a multitude of ideas about music, art, science, narrative, genetics, and encryption into a single work, "a dense, symmetrical symphony in which no note goes unsounded" (The New York Times Book Review).

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								Cosmopolis, Author: 
								Don DeLillo.

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by Don DeLillo
Powers told The Atlantic Monthly about the effect Don DeLillo has had on him as a writer: "DeLillo's been an enormous influence on me.... If I had to reduce to one sentence what I've taken from him, it is the awareness of the deadening of our own intelligibility to ourselves in the face of political and market forces."

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