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Richard (Wayne) Peck (1934-) Biography

Career, Awards, Honors, Adaptations, SidelightsPersonal, Addresses, Member, Writings

Born 1934, in Decantur, IL; Education: Attended University of Exeter, 1955-56; DePauw University, B.A., 1956; Southern Illinois University, M.A., 1959; further graduate study at Washington University, 1960-61. Politics: Republican. Religion: Methodist.

Office—c/o Penguin Putnam, Inc., 345 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Sheldon Fogelman, 155 East 72nd St., New York, NY 10021.

Authors Guild, Authors League of America, Delta Chi.


Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, Holt (New York, NY), 1972.

Through a Brief Darkness, Viking (New York, NY), 1973.

Representing Super Doll, Viking (New York, NY), 1974.

The Ghost Belonged to Me, Viking (New York, NY), 1975.

Are You in the House Alone? (with teacher's guide), Viking (New York, NY), 1976.

Ghosts I Have Been (sequel to The Ghost Belonged to Me), Viking (New York, NY), 1977.

Father Figure, Viking (New York, NY), 1978.

Secrets of the Shopping Mall, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1979.

Close Enough to Touch, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1981.

The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1983.

Remembering the Good Times, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1985.

Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1986.

Princess Ashley, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1987.

Those Summer Girls I Never Met, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1988.

Dreamland Lake, Holt (New York, NY), 1973, Dell (New York, NY), 1990.

Unfinished Portrait of Jessica, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1991.

Bel-Air Bambi and the Mall Rats, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1993.

The Last Safe Place on Earth, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1995.

Lost in Cyberspace, Dial Books (New York, NY), 1995.

The Great Interactive Dream Machine: Another Adventure in Cyberspace, Dial Books (New York, NY), 1996.

A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories, Dial Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Strays like Us, Dial Books (New York, NY), 1998.

A Year down Yonder, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2000.

Fair Weather, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2001.

The River between Us, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2003.

The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2004.


Monster Night at Grandma's House, illustrations by Don Freeman, Viking (New York, NY), 1977.


Amanda/Miranda, Viking (New York, NY), 1980.

New York Time, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1981.

This Family of Women, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1983.

Voices after Midnight, Dell (New York, NY), 1990.

London Holiday, Viking (New York, NY), 1998.


(With Ned E. Hoopes) Edge of Awareness: Twenty-five Contemporary Essays, Dell (New York, NY), 1966.

Sounds and Silences: Poetry for Now, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1970.

Mindscapes: Poems for the Real World, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1971.

Leap into Reality: Essays for Now, Dell (New York, NY), 1972.

Urban Studies: A Research Paper Casebook, Random House (New York, NY), 1973.

Transitions: A Literary Paper Casebook, Random House (New York, NY), 1974.

Pictures That Storm inside My Head (poetry anthology), Avon (New York, NY), 1976.


(With Norman Strasma) Old Town, A Complete Guide: Strolling, Shopping, Supping, Sipping, 2nd edition, [Chicago, IL], 1965.

(With Mortimer Smith and George Weber) A Consumer's Guide to Educational Innovations, Council for Basic Education (Washington, DC), 1972.

(With Stephen N. Judy) The Creative Word 2, Random House (New York, NY), 1974.

Write a Tale of Terror, Book Lures, 1987.

Anonymously Yours (autobiography), Messner (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1991.

Life and Death at the Mall: Teaching and Writing for the Literate Young, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1994.

Invitations to the World: Reflections on Teaching and Writing for Young Adults, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2002.

Past Perfect, Present Tense: New and Collected Stories, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2004.

Author of column on historic architecture for New York Times. Contributor to books, including Literature for Today's Young Adults, edited by Kenneth L. Donelson and Alleen Pace Nilsen, Scott, Foresman, 1980; Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Young Adult Writers, edited by Donald R. Gallo, Delacorte, 1984; Visions: Nineteen Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults, edited by Gallo, Delacorte, 1987; and Connections: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults, edited by Gallo, Delacorte, 1989. Contributor of poetry to several anthologies. Contributor of poems to Saturday Review and Chicago Tribune Magazine. Contributor of articles to periodicals, including American Libraries, PTA Magazine, and Parents' Magazine.

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