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Warren Adler
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of Hollywood screenplay adaptations, fueling an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies.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 …the highest sums yet paid in Hollywood for an unpublished manuscript.”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

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 Follow him on Facebook or Twitter @WarrenAdler

Entries by Warren Adler

Top 5 Novels on Power and Ambition

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:43 PM


Many of my readers have asked which books I would recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power, and the way it affects individuals. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays. There is a vast treasure...

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Let's Give Our Empty-Pocket College Kids a Fighting Chance

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 4:46 PM


I am viscerally offended by the fact that today's students are stuck paying huge debts incurred getting a college degree. What kind of a country have we become where a college graduate with empty pockets starts their working life burdened with a debt...

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Creativity Over Coinage: Why Making Money Is Never My Objective For Writing Literary Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 9:26 PM


One of the greatest biographies ever written was James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson. In the biography is a quote by Mr. Johnson that many writers repeat ad infinitum: "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." I must confess...

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So You Want to Be a Famous Self-Published Author?

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:09 PM


"It's so easy to become an author of novels. Others have done it, why not me?"


In writing a novel, all you have to do is follow the formula. Classes abound that teach the formulas. Hell, you probably believe you can imagine...

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Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 4:13 PM


For writers of the imagination, what we fear the most is a disruption, a blockage, a sudden dam that changes the course of the river of creativity. Back in the late sixties and early seventies when technological innovation began to creep into...

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Target Churchill: How Persistence Gave Birth to a Bestselling Thriller

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 2:11 PM

I am a member of the Lotos Club in Manhattan, a literary club celebrated for having Mark Twain as its most famous member. Apparently he had spent many happy hours with fellow members there in his declining years. A few years ago at...
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How a Novel Ends

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 12:49 PM


Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at the age of twenty-seven with the...

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How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:51 PM


Sometime in the late '60s or early '70s, before I switched to computers, my method for preparing clean copies of my manuscripts for further work, or a final copy for my publisher, was to send my chicken-marked manuscripts out to a typist. The...

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The Book Launch and the Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:26 AM


The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work. The launch of a book is like the birth of a baby:...

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My Salute to Librarians

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 6:26 PM


This Article was Originally Published on LIBRARY JOURNAL

From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children's Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library.

My most...

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The War of the Roses, 25 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 1:32 AM


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hollywood release of the 1989 box-office hit The War of the Roses, starring Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. This year also marks the confirmed development of the sequel, based on my...

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A Good Time to Die

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:26 PM


Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is director of the Clinical Bioethics Department of the US National Institutes of Health, and heads the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.He has been acknowledged as the prime mover and advocate for Obamacare....

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Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

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


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

(0) 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...

(0) 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...

(0) 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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