Renata Adler





Renata Adler

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October 19, 1938


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Born in Milan, Italy, Adler grew up in Danbury, Connecticut after her parents had fled Nazi Germany in 1933. After attending Bryn Mawr, The Sorbonne, and Harvard, she became a staff writer-reporter for The New Yorker. She later received her J.D. from Yale Law School, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Georgetown University.

Adler’s essays and articles have been collected in Toward a Radical Middle (1969) and A Year in the Dark (1970), Reckless Disregard (1986), and Canaries in the Mineshaft (2001). Renata Adler is also the author of two successful novels Speedboat (1976) and Pitch Dark (1983). Both novels are composed of seemingly unconnected passages that challenge readers to find meaning. Like her nonfiction, Adler's novels examine the...more


Average rating: 3.98 · 1,304 ratings · 230 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
Speedboat
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 932 ratings — published 1976 — 15 editions
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Pitch Dark
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 249 ratings — published 1983 — 13 editions
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Gone: The Last Days of the ...
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Canaries in the Mineshaft: ...
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Reckless Disregard: Westmor...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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Irreparable Harm: The U.S. ...
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Toward a Radical Middle : F...
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A Year in the Dark: Journal...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1969 — 4 editions
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Private Capacity
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“That 'writers write' is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Writers rant. Writers phone. Writers sleep. I have met very few writers who write at all.”
Renata Adler, Speedboat

“And then there were the wallflowers who had recognized for years that the thing was hopeless, who had found in that information a kind of calm. They no longer tried, with a bright and desperate effort, to sustain a conversation with somebody's brother, somebody's usher, somebody's roommate, somebody's roommate's usher's brother... The category of wallflower who had given up on all this was very quiet, not indifferent, only quiet. And she always brought a book.”
Renata Adler, Speedboat

“Hardly anyone about whom I deeply care at all resembles anyone else I have ever met, or heard of, or read about in literature.”
Renata Adler, Speedboat

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