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Daniel Woodrell
Born March 4, 1953 (1953-03-04) (age 56)
Springfield, Missouri
Occupation Novelist
Nationality  United States
Writing period 1986 - present
Genres Crime fiction, "country noir"

Daniel Woodrell (born March 4, 1953) is an American crime fiction writer. He has written eight novels, most of them set in the Missouri Ozarks. Woodrell coined the phrase "country noir" to describe his 1996 novel Give Us a Kiss,[1] and this term has often been used since to categorize his writing.[2]

Woodrell's second novel, Woe to Live On (1987), was adapted for the 1999 film Ride with the Devil, directed by Ang Lee. An adaptation of the more recent Winter's Bone (2006) went into production in early 2009.[3] His sixth novel, Tomato Red (1998), won the 1999 PEN USA award for Fiction[4] and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2000.[5] His short story "Uncle", originally published in A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007), was nominated for a 2008 Edgar Award.[6]

Woodrell was born in Springfield, Missouri,[7] in the southwestern corner of the state, but grew up in northern Missouri and dropped out of high school to join the Marines. Later, he earned a BA from the University of Kansas and a MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.[1] He lives in West Plains, Missouri, in the Ozarks, and is married to the novelist Katie Estill.[8]


  • Under the Bright Lights (Henry Holt, 1986)
  • Woe to Live On (Henry Holt, 1987)
  • Muscle for the Wing (Henry Holt, 1988)
  • The Ones You Do (Henry Holt, 1992)
  • Give Us a Kiss: A Country Noir (Henry Holt, 1996)
  • Tomato Red (Henry Holt, 1998)
  • The Death of Sweet Mister (Putnam, 2001)
  • Winter's Bone (Little, Brown, 2006)
  • "Night Stand" (Short Story, Esquire Magazine, June, 2008


  1. ^ a b ""Daniel Woodrell: Voice Of The Other Ozarks" by Lin Waterhouse". Ozarks Magazine. March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-31.  
  2. ^ ""Review: The Death of Sweet Mister" by Becky Ohlsen". Undated. Retrieved 2007-03-30.   (For one example of "country noir" used in a later review.)
  3. ^ Robert W. Butler (2009-02-14). "Novel 'Winter’s Bone' gets film adaptation on location in the Ozarks". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  4. ^ ""PEN USA Literary Awardees and Honorary Award Winners, 1978-2005"". Undated. Retrieved 2007-03-30.  
  5. ^ ""2000 Award: Nominated Books"". International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Undated. Retrieved 2007-04-01.  
  6. ^ "2008 Edgar Nominees". Mystery Writers of America. Undated. Retrieved 2008-02-26.  
  7. ^ ""ReadMOre: Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell"". 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-01.   (for birth date and location)
  8. ^ ""Daniel Woodrell: The Ozark daredevil" by John Williams". The Independent. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2007-03-30.  


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