Becoming Richard Pryor

A fresh, fully researched biography of the performer who revolutionized American comedy, tracing Pryor's rise from his first years in a Midwestern brothel to his rise in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s. TIME Magazine has called the book "sharply observed...riveting." Novelist Michael Chabon has named it "a fascinating, exhilarating read" that "makes Pryor, and the circles he inhabited, come alive with a thrilling intensity."

More information at and (the latter a multi-media archive that curates over 200 documents related to Pryor's formative years in Peoria, Illinois).


Scott Saul
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