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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard David Bach  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois

-- Richard David Bach on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bach was born in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970s best-sellers ''Jonathan Livingston Seagull''. The book contained fewer than 10,000 words, yet it broke all hardcover sales records since ''Gone with the Wind''. It sold more than 1,000,000 copies in 1972 alone. In 1973, the book was turned into a movie, ''Jonathan Livingston Seagull'', produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation. The movie included a soundtrack by Neil Diamond.

Published Works

  • Stranger to the Ground , Dell , 1963
  • Nothing by Chance , Dell, 1969
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull , Macmillan, 1970
  • A Gift of Wings , Dell, 1974
  • There's No Such Place As Far Away , Delta, 1976
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, Dell, 1977
  • The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story , Dell, 1984
  • One , Dell, 1988
  • Running from Safety , Delta, 1995
  • Out of My Mind, Delta, 2000
  • Air Ferrets Aloft, Scribner, 2002
  • Rescue Ferrets at Sea, Scribner, 2002
  • Writer Ferrets: Chasing the Muse, Scribner, 2002
  • Rancher Ferrets on the Range, Scribner, 2003
  • The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed, Scribner, 2003
  • Curious Lives: Adventures from the Ferret Chronicles, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2005
  • Flying: The Aviation Trilogy, Scribner, 2003
  • Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul, Hampton Roads Publishing, 2004

Selected Titles At Your Library

Stranger to the ground /
ISBN: 0440206588. OCLC Number:

Dell,. New York, NY :. [1990]

Biplane /
ISBN: 044020657X. OCLC Number:

Dell,. New York :. 1990, ©1966.

Nothing by chance :
ISBN: 0440206561. OCLC Number:

Dell,. New York :. 1990.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull :
ISBN: 0380012863. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 1973, ©1970.

Because he spends so much time perfecting his flying form instead of concentrating on getting food, a seagull is ostracized by the rest of the flock.

A gift of wings /
ISBN: 0440204321. OCLC Number:

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There's no such place as far away /
ISBN: 0385319274. OCLC Number:

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 1998, ©1990.

A hummingbird begins a journey to learn about friendship, love, growing up, and other aspects of life.

Illusions :
ISBN: 0385285019. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. [New York] :. ©1977.

"There was a master come unto the earth, born in the holy land of Indiana, raised in the mystical hills east of Fort Wayne ... and he smiled upon the multitudes and said pleasantly unto them, 'I quit.'"

The bridge across forever :
ISBN: 0440108268. OCLC Number:

Dell,. New York :. 1986, ©1984.

One :
ISBN: 044020562X. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York :. 1989, ©1988.

In a timeless, spaceless realm, the author and his wife encounter alternate selves, the course of their fates is altered, and they are taught the true meaning of love and compassion.

Running from safety :
ISBN: 0385315287. OCLC Number:

Delta,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.

Out of my mind :
ISBN: 0385334907. OCLC Number:

Delta,. New York, N.Y. :. 2000.

A pilot discovers a parallel world of aviation where the dreams of fliers come true. Also, people practice equal opportunity of the sexes and animals are treated with respect. A New Age fantasy.

Air ferrets aloft /
ISBN: 0743227530. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. ©2002.

The story of Stormy Ferret traces her turbulent mission from Seattle to Salinas flying her FDC-4 SkyFreighter through the roughest flight in the history of airway Victor 23, during which she survives through the intervention of ferret angels.

Rescue ferrets at sea /
ISBN: 0743227506. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. ©2002.

Follows the tale of Bethany Ferret, a kit from humble beginnings who joined the Ferret Rescue Service and rose to command the rescue boat Resolute before embarking on adventures to rescue animals aboard distressed human ships.

Writer ferrets :
ISBN: 0743227549. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. ©2002.

Bach returns to the highly successful terrain the put "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" on top of "The New York Times" bestseller list for almost two years. Like "Jonathan, The Ferret Chronicles" blend adventure, philosophy, fantasy, and spirituality, introducing readers to a parallel universe filled with courageous, questing animals pursuing typically human challenges and dreams.

Rancher ferrets on the range /
ISBN: 0743227557. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. 2003.

Remembering their love for one another, movie star Cheyenne Jasmine Ferret and rancher Montgomery Ferret meet again years later and discover the importance of following a personal calling in order to achieve happiness.

The last war :
ISBN: 0743227565. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. 2003.

Relentless investigator ferrets Shamrock and Burrows seek out an object that has the ability to change the future and may enable modern ferrets to contact the ancient and secret home planet from which they came.

Curious lives :
ISBN: 1571744576. OCLC Number:

Hampton Roads Pub.,. Charlottesville, VA :. ©2005.

A collection of five novels featuring ferret protagonists, these are tales about courage, sacrifice, heroism, creativity, and finding what matters most in life.

Flying :
ISBN: 0743247477. OCLC Number:

Scribner Classics,. New York :. 2003.

Messiah's handbook :
ISBN: 1571744215. OCLC Number:

Hampton Roads Pub.,. Charlottesville, VA :. ©2004.

The "lost" collection of aphorisms referred to in the author's book "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"; emphasizes believing in one's dreams and being true to oneself without compromise.

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