Richard Ford is a contemporary American author. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Penn/Faulkner award, he has at various stages of his career been characterized as a Southern author in the tradition of Faulkner, a “wry realist” like John Updike, a “dirty realist” like Raymond Carver or Anne Beattie, or a “pragmatic realist” like Jonathan Franzen. He is best known for his series of four books exploring the
adult life of his character Frank Bascombe. We will read and explore the first two of those books beginning with The Sportswriter and then Independence Day.