Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Although Richard Russo (REWS-oh) has published a number of short stories in various journals, he has always been primarily a novelist. In addition to his novels, he has written a variety of screenplays, most notably the neo-noir film Twilight (1998), cowritten with director Robert Benton; the film stars Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, and Susan Sarandon, among others. He also adapted author Scott Phillips’s crime novel The Ice Harvest with Benton; the film, directed by Harold Ramis, was released in 2005. That same year, Russo wrote an adaptation of his own novel Empire Falls for a television miniseries that aired on the cable network HBO. In 2001 he contributed an introduction to The Collected Stories of Richard Yates. He has published one book of short stories, The Whore’s Child, and Other Stories (2002).