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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Gustave Stern  

Pen Name: Richard G. Stern


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1928 in New York, N.Y.

Died: 2013 in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Richard Stern lived in Chicago and taught literature and creative writing at the University of Chicago from 1955 - 2001.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard G. Stern was an American writer and educator. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chappel Hill, he went on to receive his Masters from Harvard and his PhD from the University of Iowa. Before landing at the University of Chicago, Stern taught at Connecticut College. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1955 - 2001 and retired as Helen A Regenstein Professor of English and American Literature.Stern was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Published Works

  • Golk, University of Chicago Press, 1987
  • Europe or Up and Down with Baggish and Schreiber, 1961
  • In Any Case, McGraw Hill, 1962
  • Stitch, Harper and Row, 1965
  • Other Men`s Daughters, Dutton, 1973
  • Natural Shocks, Coward, 1978
  • Packages, Coward, 1980
  • The Invention of the Real, University of Georgia Press, 1982
  • A Father`s Words, Arbor House, 1986
  • The Position of the Body, Northwestern University Press, 1986
  • Noble Rot, Stories 1949-1988, Grove Press, 1988
  • Shares and Other Fictions, Delphinium, 1992
  • One Person and Another, Baskerville, 1993
  • A Sistermony, Donald I. Fine, 1995
  • Pacific Tremors, Triquarterly Books, 2001
  • What Is What Was, University of Chicago Press, 2002
  • Almonds to Zhoof. Collected Stories of Richard Stern, Triquarterly Books, 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

Golk /
ISBN: 0226773191. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1987.

Other men's daughters
ISBN: 0525172459. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York,. 1973.

A middle-aged Harvard professor with a marriage gone sour falls in love with a young student and goes through the trauma of a divorce.

Natural shocks /
ISBN: 0698108655. OCLC Number:

Coward, McCann & Geoghegan,. New York :. ©1978.

A high-flying journalist comes to ground in this brilliant and bittersweet novel about coming to terms with the traumas of life.

Packages :
ISBN: 0698110412. OCLC Number:

Coward, McCann & Geoghegan,. New York :. ©1980.

A father's words :
ISBN: 0877957916. OCLC Number:

Arbor House,. New York :. ©1986.

The position of the body /
ISBN: 0810107309. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 1986.

Noble rot :
ISBN: 0929968301. OCLC Number:

Another Chicago Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1989.

Shares and other fictions /
ISBN: 0671780409. OCLC Number:

Delphinium Books ;. Harrison, N.Y. :. ©1992.

One person and another :
ISBN: 1880909065. OCLC Number:

Baskerville Publishers, Inc.,. Dallas :. 1993.

"This book ... is intended as a companion volume to Noble Rot. stories 1949-1988"--Page (Note). Includes bibliographical references and index.

A sistermony /
ISBN: 1556114761. OCLC Number:

Primus/Donald I. Fine Books,. New York :. 1996.

Pacific Tremors.
ISBN: 0810124254. OCLC Number:

Triquarterly Books,. . 2007.

What is what was /
ISBN: 0226773256. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. ©2002.

Almonds to zhoof :
ISBN: 0810151499. OCLC Number:

TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2005.


  • Carl Sandburg Award, 1979, for
  • Natural Shocks

  • Heartland Award for best Non-Fiction book in 1995 for
  • Sistermony

  • Medal of Merit for the Novel, awarded to a novelist every 6 years by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1985