Peter Richardson
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Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson has written critically acclaimed books about Hunter S. Thompson, the Grateful Dead, Ramparts magazine, and radical author/editor Carey McWilliams. His essays have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, and many other outlets. A busy book reviewer, he received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism in 2013. Richardson has been featured in documentary films, newspaper and magazine stories, podcasts, and public radio programs in North America and abroad. He also speaks frequently at universities, museums, book festivals, and historical societies. His professional experience includes editorial stints at the University of California Press, PoliPoint Press, the Public Policy Institute of California, and Harper & Row, Publishers. Since 2006, Richardson has taught courses on California culture at San Francisco State University. In the 1990s, he was an associate professor of English at the University of North Texas, a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Iceland, and an NEH Summer Seminar fellow at Harvard University. Before that, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born and raised in the East Bay, he now lives in Sonoma County.
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