Richard Locke is a critic and essayist, the author of more than 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, The Threepenny Review, BookForum, Salmagundi, The Yale Review, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and other publications. He is also the author of Critical Children: The Use of Children in Ten Great Novels, a critical examination of works by British and American writers from Dickens to Philip Roth that use children as vehicles of moral and cultural interrogation.
He has taught writing, English, and comparative literature at Columbia University and has served as chair of the Writing Program and director of nonfiction. He is a recipient of the Columbia University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and of the Great Teacher Award of the School of the Arts Alumni Association. He received a B.A. at Columbia, a B.A. at Clare College, Cambridge University, and did postgraduate study at Harvard University.
He has also been a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review, editor in chief of Vanity Fair, a lecturer at the English Institute, Harvard University, and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University. He has served as a judge of The National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize Jury in Criticism, and as a director and president of The National Book Critics Circle.