Richard Ford

Richard Ford ( born February 16, 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American writer.


Ford - the only son of a traveling salesman Parker Carrol Ford († 1960) - grew since he was eight years most of the time with his grandfather in Little Rock, Arkansas on. Ford studied at Michigan State University first hotel management and then English. After graduating with a B. A. he taught at a high school in Flint, Michigan. During his studies, Richard Ford and Kristina Hensley got to know each other. The couple married in 1968.

Because of a slight reading disability was Ford's interest in literature. He concurrently studied creative writing at Oakley Hall and Edgar Lawrence Doctorow at the University of California, Irvine, Ford ended 1970 with a Master of Fine Arts ( MFA).

Ford received the 1996 for his novel Independence Day both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN / Faulkner Award. For Canada, he was in 2013 awarded the Prix Femina Etranger. His stories appeared mainly in the magazines The New Yorker and Esquire. He is with John Cheever and Raymond Carver as a representative of "dirty realism ". Many of his stories are set in Montana, where he spent the summers long time.

Works ( in German translation )

  • A piece of my heart. Novel. From the American by Martin Hielscher. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1989; BAT, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-8333-0325-8
  • Rock Springs. Short stories. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1989; BAT, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-8333-0033-7
  • The sports reporter. Novel. Rowohlt, Reinbek, 1989; BAT, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-8333-0323-9
  • Damn the luck. Novel. Rowohlt, Reinbek, 1989; BAT, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-8333-0324-1
  • Wildlife - Wild live. Novel. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1991; BAT, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-8333-0326-3
  • The womanizer. An amendment. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1994; BAT, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-8333-0489-7
  • Jealous. An amendment. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 1995; Paperback ibid. 2004, ISBN 3-8333-0207-0
  • Independence Day. Novel. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 1995; Paperback ibid. 2007, ISBN 978-3-8333-0350-0
  • Westerners. An amendment. Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 1998; Paperback ibid. 2008, ISBN 978-3-8333-0515-3
  • A multitude of sins. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2002; Paperback ibid. 2004, ISBN 3-8333-0087-6 ( stories )
  • The situation in the country. Novel. From the American Frank Heibert. Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2007; Paperback ibid. 2008, ISBN 978-3-8333-0569-6
  • Canada. Novel. Hanser, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-446-24026-1