Rick Moody

Rick Moody (born Hiram Frederick Moody, III on October 18 1961, New York City) is an American novelist and short story writer best known for The Ice Storm (1994), a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, which brought widespread acclaim, and became a bestseller. It was later made into a feature film.

His first novel Garden State (1992) won the Pushcart Editor's Choice Award. His memoir The Black Veil (2002) won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. He has also received the Addison Metcalf Award, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, the Paris Review, Harper's, Details, the New York Times, and Grand Street.

He grew up in several of the Connecticut suburbs where he later set stories and novels, including Darien and New Canaan. He graduated from St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, Brown University, received a master's degree in fine art from Columbia University and has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase and Bennington College.

Moody received his MFA from Columbia University in 1986; nearly two decades later he would criticize the program in an essay in The Atlantic Monthlyhttp://www.theatlantic.com/doc/prem/200508/moody. Soon after finishing his thesis, he checked himself into a mental hospital for alcoholism http://www.parisreview.com/viewinterview.php/prmMID/509. Once sober and while working for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, he wrote his first novel, Garden State. It was about young people growing up in the industrial wasteland of northern New Jersey (not indicative of all of New Jersey), where he was living at the time. In his introduction to the reprint of the book, he called the book the most "naked" thing he has written.

He lives in Brooklyn and Fishers Island.

Critique of his works

Dale Peck opened a review of Moody's The Black Veil by saying that "Rick Moody is the worst writer of his generation"[1]. He goes on to speculate on various different openings for the review, such as "The Black Veil is the worst of Rick Moody's very bad books." and "Rick Moody is a lot of things, but he is not actually dumb." (Peck refers to this as an "attempt at charity"). The review sparked enough debate about book reviewing that it has been cited as the reason why the literary magazine, The Believer, published by McSweeney's, was started: to counter the snarky, unfair reviews abounding in the press at the time.



Novellas/ Short Story collections

  • The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven (Novella and Stories, 1995)
  • Demonology (Stories, 2001)
  • Right Livelihoods (Novellas, 2007)
  • ''The Flash (book)


  • (Essays, 1997), co-edited with Darcey Steinke
  • (2002)
  • The Flash (ISBN-13: 978-0955282935) (contributor)


  • Little, Brown and Company, the publisher of The Diviners, changed the cover after the galleys came out because women reacted negatively to it. The original cover showed a Conan the Barbarian-type image in technicolor orange; the new cover uses that same image, but frames it as a scene on a movie screen.
  • In 2006, Arizona state senator Thayer Verschoor cited complaints he had received about The Ice Storm as part of the reason he supported a measure allowing students to refuse assignments they find "personally offensive." Thayer said that "There’s no defense of this book. I can’t believe that anyone would come up here and try to defend that kind of material," although eventually numerous professors did just that.http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/02/17/ariz
  • In late 2006, independent music artist Sufjan Stevens released Songs for Christmas, a box set that included an essay written by Rick Moody.
  • Moody wrote the lyrics for "Free What's-his-name" on the Fly Ashtray CD "Flummoxed," released 1997.
  • When asked by the New York Times Book Review what he thought was the best book of American fiction from 1975-2000, Moody chose Grace Paley's collected short stories. http://bookcriticscircle.blogspot.com/2006/06/nytbr-best-books-vote-why-rick-moody.html

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