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Warren Adler has recently released Cult, a psychological thriller about the global phenomena of sects built up on tactics of manipulation, brainwashing, and violence.

Best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the dark comedy box office hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Adler quickly became the fountainhead of Hollywood screenplay adaptations, fueling an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies. The New York Post reported, “Tri-State Pictures outbid Warner Bros and Columbia, and purchased the film rights to Private Lies for $1.2 million. …the highest sums yet paid in Hollywood for an unpublished manuscript.”

While The War of the Roses garnered outstanding box office and critical success with Golden Globe, BAFTA and multiple award nominations internationally, Adler went on to sell movie and film rights for 12 books, all noted for his character driven and masterful storytelling. Starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, The New York Times described Random Hearts as having “stylistic polish and keenness of observation not often found in American films anymore” and the Washington Post said it had, “A stunning shocker of an opener.”

Produced by Linda Lavin for PBS’ American Playhouse series, Adler’s The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Dori Brenner and Jerry Stiller, garnering Doris Roberts an Emmy nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series’. Los Angeles Times called it “dramatically daring,” The Wall Street Journal said, “Those… stories (based on the work by Warren Adler) are in fact, pure drama – moving, comical, and most of all, sharply observed.” The musical version of The Sunset Gang received an Off-Broadway production with music scored by noted composer L. Russell Brown. The Broadway rights to the musical version of The War or the Roses were sold this spring and the dramatic version continues to be produced internationally, reaching a global audience in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Prague, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, and elsewhere. A New York Times ‘Notable Book of the Year’, Adler’s American Quartet, featuring his crime fighting female protagonist Fiona Fitzgerald, has been optioned by NBC and Lifetime. Adler’s New York Echoes has also been released as an audio book with Emmy Award winning actress Cynthia Nixon narrating this collection of short stories.

An essayist, short-story writer, poet and playwright, Adler’s works have been translated into 25 languages and have received stellar reviews by all major publications including: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Variety, Publishers Weekly, Glamour, New York Daily News, Time, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Gannett News Service, Chicago Tribune, The London Telegraph, and The Hollywood Reporter. Adler himself, regularly blogs for The Huffington Post, and lectures on creative writing, motion picture adaptation, and the future of e-books. Adler has taught novel writing honors seminars at NYU, and is the sponsor of the Warren Adler Visiting Writer series at NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Since 2005, Adler has sponsored the ‘Warren Adler Short Story Contest’ awarding cash prizes to winning submissions from the world over.

A pioneer in electronic publishing, Adler introduced the first digital reader manufactured by SONY in 2007. After being published by such houses as Viking, Putnam and Warner Books, he re-acquired his complete backlist and converted his entire library to digital publishing formats, published now under his own company, Stonehouse Press. In 2011, he released five new e-books in an exclusive with Amazon.com.

Adler’s themes deal primarily with intimate human relationships—the mysterious nature of love and attraction, the fragile relationships between husbands and wives and parents and children, the corrupting power of money, the aging process, and how families cling together when challenged by the outside world. Readers and reviewers have cited his books for their insight and wisdom in presenting and deciphering the complexities of contemporary life. With the 2012 launch of The Serpent’s Bite, Adler unleashes the character of Courtney Temple, one of the most evil women in fiction alongside the likes of Lady Macbeth, and continues to establish himself as a “master fictioneer”.

A product of the New York public school system, Mr. Adler graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and New York University, where he majored in English literature. Inspired by his freshman English Professor Don Wolfe, Adler went on to study creative writing with Dr. Wolfe when he taught at the New School. Here he also studied under Dr. Charles Glicksberg. Among his classmates were Mario Puzo, William Styron and many other talented writers. In 2009, Adler was the recipient of the “Alumni of the Year” honor at NYU’s College of Arts and Science.

After graduating from New York University with a degree in English literature, Adler worked for the New York Daily News before becoming Editor of the Queens Post, a prize winning weekly newspaper on Long Island. His column 'Pepper on the Side' became a staple of a number of newspapers in the country.

Prior to his success as a novelist, Adler had a distinguished business career. He has owned four radio stations and a TV station, has run his own advertising and public relations agency in Washington, D.C. Adler is the founder of the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference and has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jackson Hole Public Library. He is married to Sonia Adler nee Kline, a former magazine editor, and lives in New York City. He is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN America, the Century Association, and the Lotos Club.

Warren's blog can be found at http://www.warrenadler.com. Follow him on Facebook www.facebook.com/warrenadler or Twitter @WarrenAdler

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Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:52 PM

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There is ample statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of...

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The Fate of the Novelist: A Reality Check

(9) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:26 PM

The war between Hachette and Amazon was inevitable. Now, authors have joined the feud. Authors who are attached to major publishers are on the publishers' side, while self-published authors, many of whom have been rejected by the traditional publishers, are siding with Amazon and other digital publishers. A

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Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 6:24 PM

1. I found lyrics to describe today's Middle East. "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again."

2. When I was a kid there were twelve newspapers published in New York City....

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Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 10:17 PM

1. I wonder how many tunnels for illegal trade and immigration have been dug between Mexico and the United States.


2. To work my way through college one of the jobs I had was selling shoes at Macy's.


3. I am not a great believer...

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Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 2:41 PM

For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But... column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. The initial traction encourages me to keep at it.

Now that I've launched this idea, I am...

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Right You Are... the Past Is Prologue

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:27 PM

To my mind, Jimmy Cannon was the greatest sports writer who ever lived. He died more than 40 years ago. He made it to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

I read his columns in the New York Post avidly and religiously. When he wasn't writing about sports,...

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Writing Sex Scenes for the Non-Genre Novelist

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:15 PM

For mainstream, non-genre novelists, writing sex scenes into a story line poses some serious questions. Unlike pornography, which is intended to arouse sexual excitement, literary novelists are concerned with insight, revelation, pace and tone. They must consider whether any extended graphic portrayal of sex is indigenous to character and plot...

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Funny Boys: Those Fabulous Jewish Comedians

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

Not all ideas for my novels have come in a flash. Some have grown in my imagination over a long period of time, more like dripping water that becomes a flood. It was that way with Funny Boys.

Set in the 1930s in Brownsville, N.Y., and the Catskills, Funny Boys...

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The Death of Ink

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Print newspapers, once controlled by the newspaper barons of yesteryear, are heading for extinction with the rise of a new strain of informational power spearheaded by the digital revolution. Facebook and other digital behemoths are getting into the news game with a staggering reach of over a billion current users;...

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Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:50 PM

While reading Thomas Fleming's new book, A Disease of the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War, about how America blundered through the worst slaughter in the history of our country, I was reminded of that oft quoted phrase, "those who cannot remember the past...

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Why Did Jeff Bezos Buy the Washington Post?

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 5:21 PM

I have a theory on why Bezos bought the Post. After all, what does Bezos know that the Graham family with decades of experience, doesn't?

In today's environment where the print newspaper business is heading towards obsoletion, the Washington Post has been hemorrhaging money with no prospects of a...

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Maybe We Want a Sexy Prexy

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Anthony Weiner must be channeling Jesus as he plows ahead with running for Mayor of New York City. After all, Jesus had it right, "Let He Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone." What Weiner intuits is that most of us generate sexual fantasies that may seem weird and...

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Sex and the Novelist

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:53 PM

When I first began writing novels, I used to think a lot about sex. It was, of course, before everything changed. Before the sexual revolution, before Internet pornography, before the "F" word became the mode of common discourse, before every form of sexual activity started to be portrayed as commonplace...

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The Future of English Literature and Humanities

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 3:56 PM

I am a proud, grateful and militant holder of a degree in English literature. It has enhanced and enriched my life in ways that have given me insight into the human condition. It has introduced me to the great communicators and storytellers of ages past, offering wisdom, knowledge, joy, insight,...

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Lost Brooklyn, Mine Was Sweeter

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 3:29 PM

It is remarkable that Brooklyn has become synonymous with cultural ferment, artistic innovation and an unstoppable surge of gentrification that is attracting a growing horde of super achievers. Although these two strains of environment changers are often in conflict with one another, both are prospering, radically changing the reputation of...

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Coming of the Aged

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:33 PM

Recent movie releases such as The New and Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet seem to be a crack in the mantra of marketing pundits that the only worthy targets of mass media are teenagers and those who reach the ceiling age of forty-nine, not beyond.

Marigold Hotel, already...

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How to Fix Amazon's Review System

(30) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:35 PM

It was inevitable that Amazon's laissez-faire book review system would come under fire for providing the opportunity to advocates of or against a particular book to game the system and either trash it or promote it.

Every ploy has been tried, pro and con, from the emerging author seeking...

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What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 10:51 AM

Will 21st century authors of fiction produce any classics?

Perhaps we must first consider how a classic becomes a classic. We apply numerous reasons for such a coronation citing artistic quality, universal relevancy, emotional integrity, critical acclaim by the author's contemporaries, literary influence, remarkable insight, imaginative style, effective use of...

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Whatever Happened to 'Books'?

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 7:53 AM

Ever since I was a kid, I have always believed that books are stories. As a very young child, even before I was able to read on my own, my parents read to me from storybooks.

When I was a little older, I read stories on...

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Take Your Choice: Your Privacy or Your Privates

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 1:33 PM

All in all, the recent election proved the validity and accuracy of most polls.

It proved something else. More than ever, we are an open book, an easy target, a bloodless check mark. Our individuality has been compromised. Technology has destroyed our privacy and revealed our preferences, desires, fantasies, biases...

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