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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  18. ^ Lyons, Gene (27 August 1989). "Escape from the perfect father". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  19. ^ Kenney, Susan (26 January 1992). "'I'm One of the Ones It Was Done To'". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  20. ^ Wanner, Irene (11 April 1993). "Hard Times In Close Company". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  21. ^ Krist, Gary (27 October 1996). "The Boy Who Would Be President". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  22. ^ Scott, A.O. (7 June 1998). "The Desperate Hours". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  23. ^ Burroway, Janet (28 September 2002). "In Mary's Footsteps". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  24. ^ Wolitzer, Meg (15 October 2006). "Feast of Plenty". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  25. ^ "Before, During, After".
  26. ^ "'Before, During, After,' by Richard Bausch: review". SFGate.
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  28. ^ Pesetsky, Bette (19 August 1990). "Quarrels Over Who Said What and When". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
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  31. ^ Zeidner, Lisa (29 August 1999). "Somebody I'm Longing to See". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  32. ^ Birkerts, Sven (28 December 2003). "Field Guides to the North American Male". New York Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  33. ^ McMichael, Barbara Lloyd (29 August 2004). ""Wives & Lovers": Highs and lows of living, loving". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  34. ^ "Something Is Out There". Random House. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  35. ^ Lee Enterprises. "Artful characters generate empathy".
  36. ^ "These Extremes". LSU Press. October 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  37. ^ "The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction". W.W. Norton. Retrieved 29 December 2009.

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