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Richard Ford

Richard Ford was born on February 16, 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi.  He received a B.A. from Michigan State University and briefly attended law school before dropping out and entering the creative writing program at the University of California, Irvine.  He received his Master of Fine Arts degree there in 1970 and published his first novel, A Piece of My Heart, in 1976.

After unsuccessful sales for his first two novels, he turned his focustowards sports magazine writing.  His company folder shortly after,however, and so he resumed fiction writing with his novel TheSportswriter, a semi-autobiographical tale.  The book was hugelysuccessful; it catapulted him to national fame and was the first steptowards cementing his status as one of the greatest American writers ofhis generation.  Ford received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and thePEN/Faulkner Award for the sequel to The Sportswriter, IndependenceDay, in 1995.

Ford is closely associated with the aestheticmovement known as Dirty realism, and is currently working on Canada, the followup to 2006’s Lay of the Land, the third and final novel inthe Sportswriter series.