Renata Adler: Biography

Renata Adler

19 okt 1937

Renata Adler is an author, film critic and journalist who was born in Milan in 1937. Although she was born in Italy, she was brought up in Danbury, Connecticut after her parents had fled prosecution in Nazi Germany. Adler studied at Bryn Mawr and was awarded a BA in philosophy and German. She then went on to study at Harvard for an MA in comparative literature. She has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in Law by Georgetown university.

In 1962, Adler was employed by The New Yorker as a staff writer. She stayed at The New Yorker for a number of years, before becoming the chief film critic at The New York Times between 1968 and 1969. After a brief spell at The New York Times, Adler went back to The New Yorker, continuing to write essays and articles on films, politics, civil rights and much more for over 40 years.

In addition to her journalistic writing, Renata Adler is also a fiction writer. Her short story Brownstone was awarded first place in O. Henry Awards in 1974. Her first novel, Speedboat, was published in 1976 and won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the same year. This novel went out of print for a number of years, but after members of the National Book Critics Circle called for it to be brought back, it was re-published in March 2013. Adler’s only ever novel, Pitch Dark was originally published in 1983 and was also brought back into print in 2013.