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So, who is Bruce Jay Friedman?

October 25, 2011

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Bruce Jay Friedman was born on April 26, 1930. He grew up in the Bronx and studied journalism at the University of Missouri. While serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he sent one of his short stories to the distinguished magazine The New Yorker. The magazine turned that story down, but they did publish Bruce’s next attempt. Momentum continued to build, and Bruce’s stories began appearing in several publications – Mademoiselle, Harper’s, Esquire, Playboy, Tri-Quarterly, Saturday Evening Post, and Antioch Review.

Bruce’s first novel, Stern, was published in 1962. This was followed by A Mother’s Kisses (1964), The Dick (1970), About Harry Towns (1974), Tokyo Woes (1985), The Current Climate (1989), A Father’s Kisses (1996), and Violencia! (2002).

Bruce’s plays, Scuba Duba: A Tense Comedy (1967) and Steambath (1970) were off-Broadway hits at the New Theatre and the Truck and Warehouse Company. Both plays were subsequently published in book form. Streambath was taped and aired as a PBS television special.

Bruce also published six collections of stories, including Three Balconies: Stories and a Novella (2008), and a collection of nonfiction work, Even The Rhinos Were Nymphos (2000).

The movies, The Heartbreak Kid (1972, 2007) and The Lonely Guy (1984) were adapted from Bruce’s stories. He also created, wrote, and/or contributed to the stories and screenplays for Fore Play (1975), Stir Crazy (1980), and the Oscar-nominated, Splash (1984).

On top of all that, Bruce is an actor. He appeared in the Woody Allen movies, Another Woman (1988), Husbands and Wives (1992), and Celebrity (1998).

LLB is excited to publish Bruce’s next project! More details to come. 😉

To read reviews of Bruce’s work,

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