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Russell Banks
Born 28 March 1940 (1940-03-28) (age 69)
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Notable work(s) Continental Drift, Affliction, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Darling

Russell Banks (born March 28, 1940 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American writer of fiction and poetry.



Banks lives in upstate New York, and has been named a New York State Author. He is presently also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[1][2].


Russell Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He has written fiction, and more recently, non-fiction, with Dreaming up America. His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997 ( see Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter).

Many of Banks' works reflect his working-class upbringing. His stories often show people facing tragedy and downturns in everyday life, expressing sadness and self-doubt, but also showing resilience and strength in the face of their difficulties. Banks has also written short stories, some of which appear in the collection The Angel on the Roof, as well as poetry. He has written a movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road for producer Francis Ford Coppola, which was slated for production in 2006. [3] It is not known if Banks's screenplay will be used in the final version. Banks's novel The Darling is going to be made into a feature film directed by Martin Scorsese, with Cate Blanchett in the main role.[4] Banks was the 1985 recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for fiction.


  • 1974 Snow (poetry)
  • 1975 Searching for Survivors (short story collection)
  • 1975 Family Life (novel)
  • 1978 The New World (short story collection)
  • 1978 Hamilton Stark (novel)
  • 1980 The Book of Jamaica (novel)
  • 1981 Trailerpark (short story collection)
  • 1983 The Relation of My Imprisonment (novel)
  • 1985 Continental Drift (novel)
  • 1986 Success Stories (short story collection)
  • 1989 Affliction (novel)
  • 1991 The Sweet Hereafter (novel)
  • 1995 Rule of the Bone (novel)
  • 1998 Cloudsplitter (novel)
  • 1998 Invisible Stranger (nonfiction)
  • 2000 The Angel on the Roof (short story collection)
  • 2004 The Darling (novel)
  • 2008 The Reserve (novel)
  • 2008 Dreaming Up America (nonfiction)


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