Harris, Thomas 1940–

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HARRIS, Thomas 1940


Born 1940, in Jackson, MS (some sources say TN); son of William Thomas (an electrical engineer and farmer) and Polly (a high school teacher) Harris; married Harriet (divorced, mid1960s); children: Anne. Education: Baylor University, B.A., English, 1964. Avocational Interests: Cooking, painting.

Addresses: Agent Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Office c/o Saint Martin's Press, 175 5th Ave., New York, NY 10010; Random House, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Career: Novelist. Waco NewsTribune, night police reporter, 196366; Associated Press, New York City, general assignment reporter and night editor, 196874; True and Argosy magazines, story contributor, 1960s; novelist, 1968; fulltime writer, 1975.



Black Sunday, Putnam, 1975.

Red Dragon, Putnam, 1981.

Silence of the Lambs, St. Martin's Press, 1988.

Hannibal, Delacorte, 1999.


Black Sunday was adapted and filmed by John Frankenheimer and released by Paramount, 1977; Red Dragon was adapted for film as Manhunter (also known as Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter ) by Michael Mann and released by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986; Silence of the Lambs was adapted and filmed by Jonathon Demme and released by Orion, 1991; Hannibal was adapted for film and released by MCA/Universal in 2001; Red Dragon was adapted for film and released by MCA/Universal in 2002.



A Dark Night's Dreaming: Contemporary American Horror Fiction, University of South Carolina Press, 1996.

It's a Print!: Detective Fiction from Page to Screen, Popular Press, 1994.


Entertainment Weekly, May 7, 1999, p. 22.

Journal of American Culture, spring, 1995.

Los Angeles Times Book Review, July 17, 1988.

Newsweek, June 7, 1999, p. 72.

New York Times, August 15, 1988; March 25, 1990; June 13, 1999;.

Notes on Contemporary Literature, January, 1995.

Times (London), May 25, 1991.

Tribune Books (Chicago), August 14, 1988.

Washington Post Book World, August 21, 1988; May 21, 1989.

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