Richard Russo (born July 15
1949 in Johnstown, New York) is
a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.
Johnstown 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.
teaching in the English department at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale when his first novel, Mohawk was
Much of his work has been semi-autobiographical,
from his upbringing in upstate New York to his time teaching
Literature at Colby College. He now lives and writes in Camden, Maine.
His novel Empire Falls
published in 2001, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
has written five other novels: Mohawk
, The Risk Pool
, Nobody's Fool
, Straight Man
, and Bridge of Sighs
, as well as a
collection, The Whore's
. 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 name
, starring Paul Newman
. Russo wrote the teleplay for the
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
. Russo's novel, Bridge of Sighs
, was released
on 25 September 2007 and Random House released his most recent
novel, That Old Cape
, on 4 August 2009.
now retired from the faculty of Colby College.