Biographical Information:


Dates: 1934
Dates in Ridgefield: 1969-1976

fiction, nonfiction, editing
Pulitzer Prize recipient, literary editor, researcher

Five writers who have lived in Ridgefield have won the Pulitzer Prize. The most recent winner was Richard Kluger, who received the nonfiction award for his expose of the tobacco industry, Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Phillis Morris. Two other books, Simple Justice, The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality, and The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune (with his wife, Phyllis Kluger), were National Book Award nominees. Richard began his writing career at The Patterson Evening News and later worked at The New York Post, The New York Herald Tribune, and Forbes. He became executive editor at Simon & Schuster and, later, editor-in-chief at Atheneum. His first book, When the Bough Breaks, was published in 1964. Richard has written six novels, two with his writer wife, Phyllis. A painstaking researcher, he spent seven years working on Simple Justice, traveling 15,000 miles and visiting 27 libraries (the largest: The Library of Congress; the smallest: Ridgefield Library).
Titles (partial):Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality, 1976The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune, 1986Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and America’s Struggle for Equality, 1976The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune, 1986The Sheriff of Nottingham, 1992
–-Sources: Notable Ridgefielders–Jack Sanders; www.richardkluger.com