Conrad Richter by David R. Johnson
A Writer's Life (Penn State Series in the History of the Book)

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Conrad Richter: A Writer's Life is the story of an aspiring writer who failed and then, desperate for money, tried again and wrote himself out of penny-a-word pulp magazines and into a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Based upon unrestricted access to all of Richter's letters, journals, notebooks, and private papers, this biography offers an intimate account of Richter's personal struggle to achieve success in his own and in other people's terms.Johnson's biography will engage anyone interested in the art of biography and in a novelist's act of writing. Admirers of Richter's novels will also ¹nd much of interest in his life. So, too, will those who ¹nd value in the story of a man who, despite his sense of himself as an imperfect vessel for God's plan for human evolution, lived his life with as much grace, determination, and courage as he could.

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Johnson is Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Published April 27, 2001 by Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Trd). 407 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Once, when asked how to succeed in writing, Richter, a Pulitzer Prize winner, advised his correspondent to lose everything in the stock market, go into debt and have a sick wife and a young daughter—and preferably to do all this during the Depression.

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