Richard Eder

Richard Gray Eder (August 16, 1932 – November 21, 2014)[1] was an American critic. For 20 years, he was variously a foreign correspondent, a film reviewer and the drama critic for the New York Times.[2] Subsequently he was book critic for the Los Angeles Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism[3] and the National Book Critics Circle annual citation for an entry consisting of reviews of John Updike's Roger's Version, Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star, and Robert Stone's Children of the Light.[4]

Richard Eder
Richard Gray Eder

August 16, 1932[1]
DiedNovember 21, 2014(2014-11-21) (aged 82)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationFilm critic, drama critic

In the last years of his life, he wrote book reviews for both Times's and the Boston Globe. On November 21, 2014, Eder died of pneumonia as a result of post-polio syndrome in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 82.[5] He was a great-grandson of James Martin Eder.


  1. Weber, Bruce (November 21, 2014). "Richard Eder, Arts Critic and Foreign Correspondent, Dies at 82". The New York Times.
  2. Profile,; accessed November 23, 2014.
  3. Pulitzer Prize for Criticism won by Eder,; accessed November 23, 2014.
  4. "The winner's review" (PDF). The National Book Cricis Circle Journal. 13 (2): 5–6. 1 April 1987.
  5. Notice of death of Richard Eder,; November 23, 2014; accessed November 23, 2014.

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