Russell Banks: His Portrayals of Working-Class Americans Grappling With Poverty, Race and Class Placed Him in the First Ranks of Contemporary Novelists

From a New York Times obit by Rebecca Chase headlined “Russell Banks, Novelist Steeped in the Working Class, Dies at 82”:

Russell Banks, whose vivid portrayals of working-class Americans grappling with issues of poverty, race and class placed him among the first ranks of contemporary novelists, died on Sunday at his home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The prolific author of 21 works of fiction and nonfiction, Mr. Banks brought his own blue-collar background to bear in his writing, delving into the psychological pressure of life in economically depressed towns in the Northeast, their stark reality often shadowed by the majestic Adirondacks of northern New York State.