Arthur Yorinks Biography (1953-)

Born August 21, 1953, in Roslyn, NY; son of Alexander (a mechanical engineer)and Shirley (Kron) Yorinks; married Adrienne Berg, October 23, 1983. Addresses: Office--The Night Kitchen, 10 East 53rd St., New York, NY 10022. Agent--Sheldon Fogelman, 10 East 40th St., New York, NY 10016.

Birth Details
August 21, 1953
Roslyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Writings;SCREENPLAYS
  • Sid and Sol (adapted from his book of the same title; also see below), Four Penny Productions, 1982.
  • Other screenplays include Making Scents and (with Michael Powell) Usher.
  • Writings;STAGE PLAYS
  • Six (one-act), produced at Hunter College Playhouse, New York City, 1973.
  • The Horse (one-act), produced at Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, 1978.
  • Crackers (one-act), produced at Theatre of the Open Eye, New York City, 1979.
  • The King (one-act), produced at South Street Theatre, New York City, 1980.
  • Kissers (one-act), produced at South Street Theatre, 1980.
  • Pieces for a Small Cafe (one-act), produced at Cornelia Street Cafe, 1981.
  • Adapter, Peter Pan (non-musical version), produced at The Night Kitchen,New York City, 1993.
  • So Sue Me, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1993.
  • It's Alive!, Tribecca Performing Arts Center, New York City, 1994.
  • Author of a full-length story ballet commissioned by the Hartford Ballet.
  • Leipziger Kerzenspiel, produced at Mount Holyoke College Theatre, South Hadley, MA, 1984.
  • The Juniper Tree (music by Philip Glass and Robert Moran), produced at American Repertory Theatre, Boston, MA, 1985, published by Dunvagen Music, 1985.
  • Adapter (with Philip Glass), The Fall of the House of Usher, produced atAmerican Repertory Theatre, 1988, later produced in Europe and the United States, including Lincoln Center, New York City.
  • Adapter (with Peter Schickele) of Hey, Al (based on Yorinks's book of thesame title; also see below), 1993.
  • CHILDREN'S BOOKS Sid and Sol (illustrated by Richard Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1977.
  • (Under pseudonym Alan Yaffe) The Magic Meatballs (illustrated by Karen B.Anderson), Dial, 1979.
  • Louis the Fish (illustrated by Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1980.
  • It Happened in Pinsk (illustrated by Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1983.
  • Hey, Al (illustrated by Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1986.
  • Bravo, Minski (illustrated by Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1988.
  • Company's Coming (illustrated by David Small), Crown, 1988.
  • Oh, Brother (illustrated by Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1989.
  • Ugh (illustrated by Egielski), Farrar, Straus, 1990.
  • Christmas in July (illustrated by Egielski), HarperCollins, 1991.
  • Also author of Whitefish Will Rides Again!, 1994; The Miami Giant, 1995;and Tomatoes from Mars, 1996.
  • Writings;OTHER
  • Story by Yorinks, Pictures by Richard Egielski, Farrar, Straus, 1987.
  • Other Works
  • Adaptations: Louis the Fish was produced as an episode of Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1983. Louis the Fish and Sid and Sol have each been adapted into a cassette with hardcover book by Random House. So Sue Me and It's Alive have beenadapted as CD-ROM software.

Further Reference


  • Children's Literature Review, Volume 20, Gale, 1990, p. 213.
  • Los Angeles Times, October 14, 1979.
  • New York Times, December 8, 1977, p. C21.
  • Time, December 19, 1983, p. 77.

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