Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968

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Richter, a noted writer of mainly novels of pioneer life in America, was born in Pennsylvania and lived part of his life in New Mexico. He won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Town," the third part of his 1966 trilogy "The Awakening Land." His 1936 novel "Sea of Grass" was made into a motion picture in 1947.

From the description of Papers, 1936-1977. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 28629813

American author (chiefly fiction); b. Conrad Michael Richter.

From the description of Conrad Richter collection, 1936-1969. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70969792

Conrad Michael Richter, novelist and essayist began his writing career in 1910. From 1915-1928, Richter engaged in magazine editing and publishing, as well as in continued creative writing. In 1928 he moved with his family to Albuquerque, N.M. The move forced Richter to adjust his writings to a new cultural orientation, the American Southwest. In 1937, Richter wrote his first novel, which like his later novels, including The Lady, are set in the West and concern the conflicts and other hardships of pioneering.

From the description of Letters, 1956-1957. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 43067965

Conrad Richter was an American novelist from Pennsylvania known for his nostalgic portrayal of American frontier life and character. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1951 and the National Book Award in 1960.

From the description of Conrad Richter papers, 1849-1995 (bulk 1903-1968). (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 32075246

American newspaperman, editor, short-story writer, and novelist.

From the description of Papers of Conrad Richter, 1953. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 34689951

Conrad Michael Richter, novelist and essayist, was born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. His writing career began in 1910 as a journalist for the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Journal which led to other newspaper work. Richter's first published story "How Tuck Went Home," appeared in Cavalier (6 Sept. 1913). In 1915, Richter married Harvena Achenbach. They had one daughter, Harvena. From 1915-1928, Richter engaged in magazine editing and publishing, as well as in continued creative writing. Simultaneously, Richter was involved in a process of reading and reflection about the meaning of life, an investigation resulting in two book length essays, "Human Vibration" (1925) and "Principles in Bio-Physics" (1927). In 1928, because of his wife's poor health, the Richters moved from Pennsylvania to the warmer, dryer climate of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The move forced Richter to adjust his writings to a new cultural orientation, the American Southwest. In 1937, Richter wrote his first novel, The Sea of Grass, which like his later novels set in the West concern the conflicts and other hardships of pioneering. These novels include: Early Americana (1936); The Rawhide Knot and Other Stories (collected posthumously 1978); Tacey Cromwell (1942); The Lady (1957) and The Mountain on the Desert (1955).

During his Southwestern residence, Richter continued to write about subjects concerning his native Eastern America. The Trees (1940) became the first volume of a trilogy including The Fields (1946) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Town (1950). These three novels were collected on one volume as The Awakening Land (1966). While working on the trilogy, Richter wrote other novels and received many awards for his writing. In 1950, the Richters returned to Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, where they again took up residence. Working steadily, Richter produced eight novels, a novelette, several short stories, and some magazine articles in the final eighteen years of his life. His The Light in the Forest (1953), was filmed by Walt Disney Studios. Its sequel, A Country of Strangers, was published in 1966. The major achievement of Richter's later years was the first two volumes of an unfinished trilogy of novels, the winner of the 1960 National Book Award for fiction, The Water of Kronos and A Simple Honorable Man (1962). Conrad Richter died October 30, 1968. Six book length studies and numerous articles have been devoted to Conrad Richter's life and work.

From the guide to the Conrad Richter Letters, 1956-1957, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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referencedIn Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. Records, 1899-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Conrad Richter collection, 1936-1969. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers : concerning books designed by Chappell for Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1965-1978. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Papers of Conrad Richter, 1953. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Conrad Richter Letters, 1956-1957 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series IV., Author and Book Designer Files, 1911-1979 (bulk 1920-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Richter, Harvena, 1919-. Harvena Richter papers, 1933-1985. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934. Papers of Eugene Manlove Rhodes, 1892-1951. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991. Isaac Bashevis Singer Papers, 1775, 1923-1995. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Conrad Richter papers, 1849-1995 (bulk 1903-1968). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Pearce, T. M. (Thomas Matthews), 1902-. Thomas M. Pearce Papers 1462-1985. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Paul Revere Reynolds Papers, 1899-1980. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Schaefler, Sam, 1920-,. Historical and Literary Letters and Documents, 1674-197-. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Letters, 1956-1957. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Papers, 1872-1969. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Great authors poster collection. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Conrad Richter papers, 1911-1972 (bulk 1935-1967). Princeton University Library
referencedIn Conrad Richter, Correspondence, 1934-1972 Pikes Peak Library District, Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library.
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Papers, 1936-1977. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968. Letters, 1965. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Gaston, Edwin W. Edwin W. Gaston, Jr. papers, 1946-1977. Stephen F. Austin State University, East Texas Research Center
creatorOf Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. Papers of Carl Sandburg [manuscript], 1940-1955. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Archer, William H., person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William), 1865-1933. person
associatedWith Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Gaston, Edwin W. person
associatedWith Goedecke, Karl, person
correspondedWith Howe, E. W. (Edgar Watson), 1853-1937 person
associatedWith Lehner, Lois. person
associatedWith Morrow, Honoré, 1880-1940. person
associatedWith Pearce, T. M. (Thomas Matthews), 1902- person
associatedWith Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. person
associatedWith Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934. person
associatedWith Richter, Harvena, 1919- person
associatedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Schaefler, Sam, 1920-, person
correspondedWith Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 person
associatedWith Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991. person
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Historical fiction, American--20th century
Delaware language
Film adaptations
Frontier and pioneer life--Fiction
American literature--20th century
American literature--Manuscripts
Authors, American--20th century
American fiction--20th century
Indian captivities--Fiction
Frontier and pioneer life
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Authors, American
Novelists, American--20th century
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Birth 1890-10-13

Death 1968-10-30

Americans

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