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With the net worth of $1.9 Billion, Richard Elman is the # 823 richest person on earth all the time follow our database.
Between 1963 and 1966 much of Elman's income was derived from writing freelance pieces for magazines, including Cavalier, Commonweal, The Nation, and The New Republic. He also reviewed books for The New York Times.
In 1965, Elman worked as a research associate for the School of Social Work Research Center at Columbia University. His work of non-fiction, The Poorhouse State: The American Way of Life On Public Assistance evolved from those experiences where he spent two years interviewing people on relief in New York's Lower East Side.
In 1967, Elman published another book of reportage Ill-at-Ease in Compton about the mechanisms of discrimination at work in Compton, California, a city with a large lower-middle class population.
In 1968, Elman published The 28th Day of Elul, the first of a trilogy of novels, followed by Lilo's Diary (1968) and The Reckoning (1969). Each of the novels tells the same story from a different point of view about the fate of the Yagodahs, a Hungarian family at the end of World War II. Elie Wiesel said of The 28th Day of Elul in his review for The New York Times: "Born and raised in New York City, Richard M. Elman was barely 10 when the nightmare ended in Europe. Yet he evokes some of its living fragmentary images as though his voice came from within."
In 1968, he signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.
His dark and hilarious book, Little Lives, written in 1978, was turned into a musical in 2004 with Words and Music by Rhett DeVelay. The songs were recorded in 2012.