Ford is the author of the widely admired collection of short
stories, Rock Springs; another collection of stories, Women
with Men: Three Stories; the novella, The Womanizer; and five
novels: A Piece of My Heart, The Ultimate Good
The Sportswriter and Independence Day. In 1995, Independence
Day was selected as the MSU Libraries' four millionth volume.
That same year Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize as well
as the Pen/Faulkner Award for that novel. His most recent work,
A Multitude of Sins, is a collection of short stories.
In addition, he has also served as editor for The
Granta Book of American Short Stories, Eudora
Welty: Stories, Essays, and Memoirs, and The Essential
Tales of Chekhov. His many
stories and essays have appeared in such magazines and journals
as Granta, The New Yorker, Michigan
The Best American Essays, The Best American
and The Best American Sports Writing.
Richard Ford came to
MSU from Mississippi as a student in 1962, graduating with a
B.A. in English in 1966. After brief enrollment in law school,
he turned to writing fiction and received his M.F.A. from the
writing program at University of California, Irvine. In addition
to his steady production of fiction, Ford has also taught writing
and literature at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Princeton
University, and Williams College. A resident of Maine and Louisiana,
Ford is a frequent visitor back to East Lansing. In 1997, he
received MSU's Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding
literary accomplishments. His papers and manuscripts are located
in Special Collections where they are available for use.
In each of these stories..there is something as delicate
as the atmosphere in a Henry James
tale...There is also the spirit of something ineffable... a
yearning for the world to be better than we expect. Chekhov
mastered such miracles from everyday dramas.
Ford is among their company." –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
review: A Multitude of Sins
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on Richard Ford, please visit these websites:
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