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General Information

Name:  Richard Powers  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: June 18, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Powers was born in Evanston and moved to Lincolnwood in the mid 60's. He attended the University of Illinois. He currently teaches at the University of Illinois and lives in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. While he was born in and currently resides in Illinois, Richard Powers has lived in Bangkok, Boston, Holland and Cambridge. Most of his books have been inspired by his events in his life and the places his life has taken him.In 1992 he accepted a position as writer-in-residence at the University of Illinois and was named to Illinois's endowed Swanlund Chair in English in 1996 and named Center for Advanced Study Professor of English in 1999. Today, he continues to serve as a Swanlund Professor of English and Professor at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois as well as write, teach, and travel.


'Gain ' James Fenimore Cooper Prize, 1998 The Gold Bug Variations TIME Magazine's Best Novel, 1991 Plowing in the Dark Vursell Award, 2000 'The Echo Maker ' National Book Award, 2006 'Other Awards

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Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1446413411. OCLC Number: 1004567669

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Galatea 2.2 /
ISBN: 0312423136. OCLC Number: 55050801

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Generosity /
ISBN: 1848871252. OCLC Number: 501394760

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When Russell Stone becomes the teacher of a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence, he is both entranced and troubled. How can this refugee from terror radiate such bliss? Is it possible to be so open and alive without coming to serious harm?

ISBN: 1784709727. OCLC Number: 1043402243


Operation wandering soul :
ISBN: 006097611X. OCLC Number: 29598531

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Plowing the dark /
ISBN: 0099286726. OCLC Number: 965958088

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Prisoner's dilemma /
ISBN: 0060977086. OCLC Number: 34046495

HarperPerennial,. .

"Something is wrong with Eddie Hobson, Sr., father of four, sometime history teacher, quizmaster, black humorist, and virtuoso invalid. His recurring fainting spells have worsened, and with his ingrained aversion to doctors, his worried family tries to discover the nature of his sickness. Meanwhile, in private, Eddie puts the finishing touches on a secret project he calls Hobstown, a place that he promises will save him, the world, and everything that's in it."

The echo maker /
ISBN: 0312426437. OCLC Number: 148824360

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Twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter, suffering from a rare brain disorder that causes him to believe his sister to be an impostor, endeavors to discover the cause of the motor vehicle accident that resulted in his head injury.

The gold bug variations /
ISBN: 0688098916. OCLC Number: 22665566

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A double love story of two couples separated by a distance of twenty five years.

The time of our singing
ISBN: 0099453835. OCLC Number: 59291555

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Three farmers on their way to a dance
ISBN: 9781848871403. OCLC Number: 649290069

Atlantic,. .

In the spring of 1914, renowned photographer August Sander took a photograph of three young men on their way to a country dance. This haunting image, capturing the last moments of innocence on the brink of World War I, provides the central focus of Powers' brilliant and compelling novel. As the fate of the three farmers is chronicled, two contemporary stories unfold. The young narrator becomes obsessed with the photo, while Peter Mays, a computer writer in Boston, discovers he has a personal link with it. The three stories connect in a surprising way and provide the reader with a mystery that spans a century of brutality and progress.