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    Richard Peck (b. April 5, 1934) is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

    Born and raised in Decatur, Illinois, Peck's parents were rural-to-urban migrants with contrasting educational backgrounds: his mother is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan and his father's education ended at sixth grade.[3]

    Peck studied at DePauw University, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1956. While there, he belonged to the Delta Chi fraternity and spent his junior year abroad at the University of Exeter. After college, he was drafted into the US Army and spent two years serving in Stuttgart, Germany. In a 2003 interview, he said about it: "I think your view of the world goes on—for the rest of your life—as the world you saw as you emerged into it as an adult."[2]

    After his military service ended, he completed a master's degree at Southern Illinois University in 1959 and taught junior high and high school English. He left teaching in 1971 to write his first novel, Don't Look and It Won't Hurt.

    Peck is a private person "who is fastidious about what he allows others to know about himself. He knows, respects, and honors personal boundaries in ways that are refreshing for someone who grew up in the sixties and seventies, when every little personal thing was fair game."[4] He currently lives in New York and splits his time between writing and traveling. Peck is an adjunct professor with Louisiana State University's School of Library and Information Sciences.[3]

    [edit] Works

    Peck writes exclusively on a typewriter, described here in Publishers Weekly:

    When the author is not traveling, he works at an L-shaped desk, which affords a view north through a large sunny window. He writes everything on an electric typewriter because "it has to be a book from the first day," he explains. He has no daily routine because of all the traveling he does, but follows a very disciplined writing process. He writes each page six times, then places it in a three-ring binder with a DePauw University cover ("a talisman," he calls this memento from his alma mater). When he feels that he has gotten a page just right, he takes out another 20 words. "After a year, I've come to the end. Then I'll take this first chapter, and without rereading it, I'll throw it away and write the chapter that goes at the beginning. Because the first chapter is the last chapter in disguise." He always hands in a completed manuscript, and his editor is his first reader.[2]

    His collected papers written between 1972 and 1991 reside at The University of Southern Mississippi.[5]

    [edit] Published works

    [edit] Anthologies

    1970: Sounds and Silences: Poems For Now

    1971: Mindscapes: Poems for the Real World

    1973: Leap Into Reality: Essays For Now

    1976: Pictures That Storm Inside My Head (poetry anthology, editor)

    2004: Past Perfect, Present Tense (short story collection)

    [edit] Novels

    1972: Don't Look and It Won't Hurt

    1973: Dreamland Lake

    1973: Through a Brief Darkness

    1974: Representing Super Doll

    1976: Are You in the House Alone?

    1976: The Ghost Belonged to Me

    1977: Ghosts I Have Been

    1977: Monster Night at Grandma's House

    1978: Father Figure

    1979: Secrets of the Shopping Mall

    1980: Amanda/Miranda

    1981: Close Enough to Touch

    1981: New York Time

    1983: The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp

    1983: This Family of Women

    1985: Remembering the Good Times

    1986: Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death

    1987: Princess Ashley

    1987: Write a Tale of Terror

    1988: Those Summer Girls I Never Met

    1989: Voices After Midnight

    1991: Unfinished Portrait of Jessica

    1993: Bel-Air Bambi and the Mall Rats

    1995: Lost in Cyberspace

    1995: The Last Safe Place on Earth

    1996: The Great Interactive Dream Machine: Another Adventure in Cyberspace

    1998: London Holiday

    1998: A Long Way from Chicago

    1998: Strays Like Us

    2000: A Year Down Yonder

    2001: Fair Weather

    2003: The River Between Us

    2004: The Teacher's Funeral

    2006: Here Lies The Librarian

    2007: On the Wings of Heroes

    [edit] Nonfiction

    1971: The Creative Word

    1974: Transitions: a Literary Paper Casebook

    1974: Urban Studies: a Research Paper Casebook

    1991: Anonymously Yours (autobiography)

    1994: Love and Death at the Mall: Teaching and Writing for the Literate Young

    2002: Invitations to the World: Teaching and Writing for the Young

    2007: Escape! The Story Of The Great Houdini

    [edit] Works adapted into movies

    1976: The Ghost Belonged to Me

    1977: Are You in the House Alone?

    1978: Child of Glass (The Ghost Belonged to Me)

    1980: Father Figure

    1991: Gas Food Lodging (Don't Look and It Won't Hurt)

    [edit] Awards

    1974: Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee, Best Juvenile, Dreamland Lake

    1977: Edgar Allan Poe Award, Best Juvenile, Are You in the House Alone?

    1990: Margaret A. Edwards Award [6]

    1990: ALAN Award[7]

    1991: University of Southern Mississippi Medallion

    1999: National Book Award finalist: Newbery Honor, A Long Way from Chicago [8]

    2001: Newbery Medal, A Year Down Yonder [8]

    2001: National Humanities Medal [9]

    2004: Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award [10]

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  • 1 decade ago

    Wikipedia has some biographical information about the author Richard Peck: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Peck

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  • 1 decade ago

    Michael A. Sommers (2004)

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