Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
Title: “Let Me Be Frank With You”
Richard Ford, well-known Mississippi writer, is the winner of both the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for his novel Independence Day
Ford can be best described as one of our reigning interpreters of “achy, bittersweet familial melancholy” (Cryer). Some of his earlier works include A Piece of My Heart, The Ultimate Good Luck, Fifty Great Years of Esquire Fiction, Wildlife, and The Sportswriter. All of Ford’s novels feature restless and alienated male protagonists who are haunted by painful experiences that render them incapable of emotional commitment. The novels are deeply emotionally involving, and they have a keen sense of place, vivid description power, and cynical humor (Matuz and Marowski 156).
His latest novel, Canada, was published in 2012. He is now the Emmanuel Roman and Barrie Sardoff Professor of the humanities and professor of Writing at the Columbia University School of the Arts. In 2013 Richard Ford was awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction. Ford’s newest book, Let Me Be Frank With You, was published in November 2014. The book is comprised of four novellas set against the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy, and narrated by Frank Bascombe.
Sponsored by Susan Resneck Pierce.