Writers in Residence - Winter Quarter 1999

Scott TurowScott Turow

Mr. Turow taught "The Art of Fiction: Strategies in Narration"

Scott Turow's newest work, Personal Injuries, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in October, 1999. Kirkus Reviews calls it "a revelation -- a subtle, densely textured legal thriller stuffed with every kind of surprise except the ones you expect. Turow is well on his way to making Kindle County the Yoknapatawpha of American law" (July 1999). Time says "Personal Injuries contains some surprises that are remarkable even by Turow's inventive standards...Turow spares neither his characters nor readers maximum suspense" (September 1999).

The Chicago Tribune Review of Books (10/13/96) writes, "Turow is a writer of legal thrillers in the way Dostoevsky, after Crime and Punishment, might have been labeled a writer of police procedurals." George F. Will writes in Newsweek, "Turow's novels are not quite entertainment. They transcend genre. They are literature that will last."

Scott Turow published his memoir, One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, in 1977. Presumed Innocent, his first novel and a New York Times Bestseller, was published in 1987, followed by bestsellers The Burden of Proof (1990) and Pleading Guilty (1993). The Laws of Our Fathers (1996) was called "Mr. Turow's most ambitious novel yet" by the New York Times.

Richard FordRichard Ford
(Also, Winter Quarter 1998, Winter Quarter 1997 and Winter Quarter 1996)

Mr. Ford taught "The Art of Fiction: Making (not telling) Stories"

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the PEN-Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Richard Ford won both the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the PEN-Faulkner Prize for Fiction with his 1995 novel Independence Day, the first time that one book has won both awards. He has also been the recipient of the Pushcart Prize and the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novels include A Piece of My Heart (1976), The Ultimate Good Luck (1981), The Sportswriter (1986) and Wildlife (1990). Rock Springs, his first collection of short fiction, was published in 1987; Women With Men, a collection of three longer stories, came out in 1997. Short stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. Richard Ford was born in 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi and has lived in eleven states, as well as France and Mexico.