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For the impresario see Richard Condon (impresario)

Richard Thomas Condon (March 18, 1915 in New York City, New York – April 9, 1996 in Dallas, Texas), was a satirical and thriller novelist best known for conspiratorial books such as The Manchurian Candidate.[1]

Born in New York City, Condon attended DeWitt Clinton High School.[2]

After service in the United States Merchant Marine, Condon achieved moderate success as a Hollywood publicist, ad writer and Hollywood agent. Condon turned to writing in 1957. Employed by United Artists as an ad writer, he complained that he was wasting time in Hollywood and wished to write a novel. Without Condon's knowledge, his boss, Max E. Youngstein deducted amounts from his salary then fired him after a year giving him the amount of money he had deducted in the form of a Mexican bank account and the key to a house overlooking the ocean in Mexico. Youngstein told him to write his book.[3] His second novel, The Manchurian Candidate (1959), featured a dedication to Youngstein. The movie made from it in 1962, made him famous. Prizzi's Honor (1982) was likewise made into a successful movie.

Condon's writing was known for its complex plotting, fascination with trivia, and loathing for those in power; at least two of his books featured thinly disguised versions of Richard Nixon. His characters tend to be driven by obsession, usually sexual or political, and by family loyalty. His plots often have elements of classical tragedy, with protagonists whose pride leads them to a place to destroy what they love. Some of his books, most notably Mile High (1969), are perhaps best described as secret history. And Then We Moved to Rossenara is a humorous autobiographical recounting of various places in the world where he had lived and his family's 1970s move to Rossenarra, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

Novels

  • The Oldest Confession (1958)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1959)
  • Some Angry Angel (1960)
  • A Talent for Loving (1961)
  • An Infinity of Mirrors (1965)
  • Any God Will Do (1966)
  • The Ecstasy Business (1967)
  • Mile High (1969)
  • The Vertical Smile (1971)
  • Arigato (novel) (1972)
  • And Then We Moved to Rossenara (1973)
  • Winter Kills (1974)
  • The Star-Spangled Crunch (1974)
  • Money Is Love (1975)
  • The Whisper of the Axe (1976)
  • Death of a Politician (1978)
  • Bandicoot (1979)
  • The Entwining (1981)
  • Prizzi's Honor (1982)
  • A Trembling upon Rome (1983)
  • Prizzi's Family (1986)
  • Prizzi's Glory (1988)
  • Emperor of America (1990)
  • The Final Addiction (1991)
  • The Venerable Bead (1992)
  • Prizzi's Money (1993)

References

  1. ^ Timeline 1959
  2. ^ Buckley, Tom. "THE LITERARY CONSPIRACIES OF RICHARD CONDON", The New York Times, September 2, 1979. Accessed September 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Max E. Youngstein - Biography
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