Nebraska Authors

Richard Dooling

Born 1954 Omaha, NE (USA)

A lawyer and writer, Dooling was a National Book Award Finalist for White Man's Grave. Three of his novels were New York Times notable books. Much admired in reviews by other writers such as Kurt Andersen and Steven Pinker for both his literary fiction and his nonfiction books. Dooling is noted for biting social commentary.

Blue Streak is a history of swearwords. His first novel, Critical Care, benefited from his onetime employment as a respiratory therapist at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, and was the basis for a 1997 movie. Dooling appeared as a panelist at a Random House literary breakfast at Barney's in New York City, May 1, 1997 on the topic was law and literature. He used the pseudonym Eleanor Druse for a novel suggested by Stephen King. Dooling co-produced and co-wrote the 2004 ABC Miniseries "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital."

The author's website http://dooling.com/ tracks his current projects.

Lincoln City Libraries, John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 18 April 2002.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Philosophy; Technology; Free Speech; Satire; Social Commentary; Literary Novels; Mysteries; Thrillers


Creighton Prep, Omaha, NE
Bachelor of Arts, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
St. Louis University Law School, St. Louis, MO


Respiratory therapist
Lawyer (employment discrimination)
House Painter
Psychiatric Attendant
Radio Dispatcher

Places Worked

Hospitals in St. Louis, MO
Law Firms in Omaha, NE
University of Nebraska College of Law


Lincoln City Libraries, John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 18 April 2002
Dooling was one of five finalists in the fiction category for the National Book Award, 1994


Critical Care. 1992.
White Man's Grave. 1993/94.
Blue Streak: Swearing, Free Speech, and Sexual Harassment. 1996.
Brain Storm. 1998.
You Bet Your Life. 2002.
The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident. 2004.
Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ. 2008.

Dooling was the Ames Reading Series featured author in April, 2002:

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