David Adams Richards

David Adams Richards is generally considered to be New Brunswick’s leading writer of English-language fiction of his generation. He was born in Newcastle, NB in 1950 into a family that owned the town’s movie houses. Cast to the sidelines as an observer because of a birth accident, he grew up watching others participate in the activities that he loved. That vantage point gave him an early affinity for the underdog and, when coupled with his upbringing in Catholicism and education at St. Thomas University, special insight into class, social justice, and personal accountability. Those issues, and the big questions they raise, are evident in his body of work. His first substantial publication was the novel The Coming of Winter, released in 1974. There followed numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, mostly novels, each sharing an unnamed but recognizable Miramichi setting and many linked by recurring characters who recede or gain prominence depending on the work. His imagined world becomes a complex microcosm that critics have compared to that of Honoré de Balzac and William Faulkner, both writers central to his apprenticeship. Richards has won numerous literary awards and his work has been translated into several languages.

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The linked Author Page contains excerpts from Nights Below Station Street.