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Richard Bradford, 70; His 2 Books Included ‘Red Sky at Morning’

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Richard Bradford, 70, a novelist who wrote “Red Sky at Morning” and “So Far From Heaven,” died Saturday of lung cancer in Santa Fe, N.M.

A Chicago native, Bradford graduated from Tulane University and spent three years in the Marines. He moved to Santa Fe in the mid-1950s and worked as a writer for the New Mexico Tourist Board. He also worked as a writer and editor for the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

“Red Sky at Morning,” Bradford’s first novel, published in 1968, was a critical and commercial success, going through several printings. Many reviewers compared it favorably with “Catcher in the Rye.”

The coming-of-age novel told the story of Josh Arnold, a 17-year-old Alabaman who moves to New Mexico with his mother when his father joins the Navy during World War II.

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After his second novel, “So Far From Heaven,” Bradford gave up books and found work as a medical transcriptionist.


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