Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch (born April 18, 1945[1]) is an American novelist and short story writer,[2] and Professor in the Writing Program at Chapman University in Orange, California.[3] He has published twelve novels, eight short story collections, and one volume of poetry and prose.[4]

Bausch holds a B.A. from George Mason University, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.[5] He joined with the writer and editor R. V. Cassill to bring out the 6th edition of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Since Cassill's death in 2002, he has been the sole editor of that anthology, bringing out the 7th and 8th editions.

Early life and educationEdit

Bausch was born in 1945 in Fort Benning, Georgia.[5] He is the twin brother of author Robert Bausch.

He served in the U.S. Air Force between 1966–1969, and toured the Midwest and South singing in a rock band, doing stand-up comedy, and writing poetry.[6] He holds a B.A. from George Mason University, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.[5] Since 1974, He has taught English and Creative Writing at The University of Iowa, George Mason University, The University of Memphis, The University of Tennessee, Beloit College, Stanford University, and Chapman University.[7] He was previously Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University; and Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at The University of Memphis[7] He now lives in Orange City, California.


Bausch's novels and stories vary from explorations of fear and love in family life, to novels with historical backdrops, including Rebel Powers (1993), Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea (1996), Hello to the Cannibals (2002), and Peace (2008).[7] He published his first short story in The Atlantic in April 1983: "All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona" was initially an 800-page novel that he cut down, calling the process "like passing a kidney stone".[2][7] He is a contributor of short stories to various periodicals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy, Ploughshares, Narrative, and The Southern Review.[7] His work has also been represented in anthologies, including O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories.[8]

Awards and film adaptationsEdit

Bausch received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1982, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, the Hillsdale Prize of The Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1991, The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award in 1992, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Award in Literature in 1993, and was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1995. (He served as chancellor of the Fellowship from 2007–2010.[9]) His novel, Take Me Back (1982) and his first story collection, Spirits and Other Stories (1987), were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award,[7][10][11] Two of his short stories, "The Man Who Knew Belle Star" and "Letter To The Lady of The House", won the National Magazine Award in fiction for The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, respectively.[7] In 2004, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for short story excellence.[12][13]

His novel Peace won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.[3] and the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction of American Library Association.[14]

Bausch was the 2012 winner of the $30,000 Rea Award for his work in the short story.

To date, three feature films have been made from his work: The Last Good Time, in 1995, adapted from his novel of that title by Bob Balaban; Endangered Species, in 2017, six Bausch stories adapted by the French director Gilles Bourdos (Inquietudes, Afterwards, Renoir); and Peace, adapted by Robert David Port, from Bausch’s novel by that name. A fourth film is in process, adapted by Julie Lipson, of the Bausch story “The Man Who Knew Belle Starr.”



  • Real Presence, 1980[15]
  • Take Me Back, 1981[16]
  • The Last Good Time, 1984 (made into a film by Bob Balaban in 1995)[17]
  • Mr. Field's Daughter, 1989[18]
  • Violence, 1992.[19]
  • Rebel Powers, 1993[20]
  • Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and All the Ships at Sea, 1996[21]
  • In the Night Season, 1998[22]
  • Hello To the Cannibals, 2002[23]
  • Thanksgiving Night, 2006[24]
  • Peace, 2008[4]
  • Before, During, After, Aug. 2014[25][26]

Short fictionEdit

  • Spirits, And Other Stories, 1987[27]
  • The Fireman's Wife, And Other Stories, 1990[28]
  • Rare & Endangered Species, 1994[29]
  • Selected Stories of Richard Bausch (The Modern Library), 1996[30]
  • Someone To Watch Over Me: Stories, 1999[31]
  • The Stories of Richard Bausch, 2003[32]
  • Wives & Lovers: 3 Short Novels, 2004[33]
  • Something is Out There, 2010[34][35]
  • Living in the Weather of the World, April 2017

Poetry and non-fictionEdit


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  4. ^ a b Kennedy, AL (August 1, 2009). "Peace by Richard Bausch". The Guardian. London. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Shumate, Michael; Lisa Stark (October 1, 1999). "Preliminary Inventory of the Richard Bausch Papers, 1965–1998 and undated". Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
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  9. ^ "Fellowship Of Southern Writers Elects First Board". The Chattanoogan. October 19, 2007. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  10. ^ "PEN/Faulkner Group Lists Award Nominees". The New York Times. March 9, 1998. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  11. ^ McDowell, Edwin (March 28, 1982). "To Return Home". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  12. ^ "Past Award Winners | PEN / Faulkner Foundation". Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Clement, Douglas P (May 27, 2013). "Short Stories, Books, Alive and Well: Rea Award Goes to Richard Bausch". Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  14. ^ "W.Y. Boyd Literary Award Recipients". American Library Association. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  15. ^ Mohs, Mayo (September 22, 1980). "Books: Body of Christ". Time. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  16. ^ Brickner, Richard P. (April 26, 1981). "Troubled Lives". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  17. ^ Shulgasser, Barbara (April 28, 1995). "Intimate tale in "Last Good Time'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  18. ^ Lyons, Gene (August 27, 1989). "Escape from the perfect father". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  19. ^ Kenney, Susan (January 26, 1992). "'I'm One of the Ones It Was Done To'". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  20. ^ Wanner, Irene (April 11, 1993). "Hard Times In Close Company". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  21. ^ Krist, Gary (October 27, 1996). "The Boy Who Would Be President". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  22. ^ Scott, A.O. (June 7, 1998). "The Desperate Hours". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  23. ^ Burroway, Janet (September 28, 2002). "In Mary's Footsteps". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  24. ^ Wolitzer, Meg (October 15, 2006). "Feast of Plenty". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  25. ^ "Before, During, After".
  26. ^ "'Before, During, After,' by Richard Bausch: review". San Francisco Chronicle.
  27. ^ Smartt Bell, Madison (June 14, 1987). "Everyday Hazards". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  28. ^ Pesetsky, Bette (August 19, 1990). "Quarrels Over Who Said What and When". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  29. ^ Wanner, Irene (October 9, 1994). "Rare And Endangered Species: A Novella And Stories". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  30. ^ "The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch". Modern Library. Random House. April 1996. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  31. ^ Zeidner, Lisa (August 29, 1999). "Somebody I'm Longing to See". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  32. ^ Birkerts, Sven (December 28, 2003). "Field Guides to the North American Male". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  33. ^ McMichael, Barbara Lloyd (August 29, 2004). ""Wives & Lovers": Highs and lows of living, loving". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  34. ^ "Something Is Out There". Random House. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  35. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Artful characters generate empathy".
  36. ^ "These Extremes". LSU Press. October 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  37. ^ "The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction". W.W. Norton. Retrieved December 29, 2009.

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