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Name:  Richard Dean Christiansen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1931 in Berwyn, Illinois


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Richard now lives in Chicago.

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Richard Christiansen has been an arts journalist for more than forty years, covering theater, dance, film, the visual arts, and a variety of arts and entertainment subjects in Chicago, the nation, and abroad. He began his career in 1956 as a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago and moved to the Chicago Daily News a year later. In 1978, he joined the Chicago Tribune as its critic-at-large, arts and entertainment editor, and, finally, chief critic and senior writer, a post he held until his retirement in 2002

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