Richard Hall

Author: Richard Hall

Profile: Richard Walter Hirshfeld better known as Richard Hall is an American short story writer, playwright and novelist. He was born in Manhattan New York City, New York on November 26, 1926 and died on October 29, 1992. It was after an anti-Semitic incident experienced that Richard changed the name of his family to Hall. He grew up in Westchester County. During World War II, he served in the United States Army. Richard Hall completed his education at Harvard University and New York University.  He served in the public relations and advertising sector and in the 1970s taught at the Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Butterscotch Prince, was Richard Hall’s debut novel in 1975. Arthur Marceau was his longtime partner.

Writing style: Richard Hall’s genre is drama, archaeology, novels and short stories. In a manner that combined meticulous archaeological technique and scholarship, Richard Hall transformed understanding of a pre-Norman urban development, with the ability for enhancing public awareness and understanding.


Published Texts:


1984 – The Viking Dig: The Excavations at York

1990 – Viking Age Archaeology

1993 – Vikings

1994 – Book of Viking Age York

1996 – English Heritage Book of York

1998 – The Viking News: The Greatest Newspaper in Civilization

2007 – The World of the Vikings

2007 – Stora boken Om Vikingarna

2007 – Avastusretk viikingite maailma

2008 – The Viking World

Short story collections

1981 – Couplings

1985 – Letter from a Great Uncle (short story

1992 – Fidelities


1975 – The Butterscotch Prince (novel)

1991 – Family Fictions

1983 – Three Plays for a Gay Theatre

Stage Plays

Happy Birthday Daddy

Love Match

Prisoner of Love

Awards and Acknowledgements:

Richard Hall has contributed to various publications including San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Advocate and The Village Voice, as an essayist and book critic.

He was the first openly gay critic ever admitted to the National Book Critics Circle.

2005 – Posthumously won a Gaylactic Spectrum Award for ‘Country People’.