Biography: Dave Barry

Dave Barry is a best selling and prolific American writer of both books and columns, and is probably best known for his syndicated humour columns that appeared over a 25 year period in more than 500 newspapers world wide.


Dave Barry was born in Armonk, New York, on the 3rd of July 1947. He was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He attended Pleasantville High School, where he was elected class clown in 1965, beginning an illustrious career in humour. He then attended Haverford College, from which he graduated as an English major in 1969.

After graduating, Barry got a job with the "Daily Local News" in West Chester, PA. In 1975, he joined Burger Associates, a company teaching business associates to write effectively. It was in 1983 that he took a job at the "Miami Herald", a position that was to last twenty five years and launch him as an award winning humour columnist.

In 1988 Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He married sports writer Michelle Kaufman in 1996, and has two children, one by a previous marriage.

In 2005 Barry announced he would no longer be writing his regular column. He does, however, play lead guitar in a literary rock bank, with an illustrious line up of other members including Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, and Mitch Albom.



  • Big Trouble (2002)
  • Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys (2005)


  • Big Trouble (1999)
  • Tricky Business (2002)
  • Peter and the Starcatchers (2004, with Ridley Pearson)
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006, with Ridley Pearson)
  • Escape From the Carnivale (2006, with Ridley Pearson)
  • The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog (2006)


  • The Taming of the Screw (1983)
  • Babies and Other Hazards of Sex: How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months With Tools You Probably Have Around the Home (1984)
  • Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead (1985)
  • Claw Your Way to the Top: How to Become the Head of a Major Corporation in Roughly a Week (1986)
  • Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex (1987)
  • Homes and Other Black Holes (1988)
  • Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States (1989)
  • Dave Barry Turns 40 (1990)
  • Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need (1991)
  • Dave Barry's Guide to Life(1991) includes Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex, Babies and Other Hazards of Sex, The Taming of the Screw and Claw Your Way to the Top
  • Dave Barry Does Japan (1992)
  • Dave Barry's Gift Guide to End All Gift Guides (1994)
  • Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys (1996)
  • Dave Barry in Cyberspace (1996)
  • Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs (1997)
  • Dave Barry Turns 50 (1998)
  • Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway: A Vicious and Unprovoked Attack on Our Most Cherished Political Institutions (2001)
  • "My Teenage Son's Goal in Life is to Make Me Feel 3,500 Years Old" and Other Thoughts On Parenting From Dave Barry (2001)
  • "The Greatest Invention In The History Of Mankind Is Beer" And Other Manly Insights From Dave Barry (2001)
  • Dave Barry's Money Secrets (2006)

Collected columns

  • Dave Barry's Bad Habits: A 100% Fact-Free Book (1987)
  • Dave Barry's Greatest Hits (1988)
  • Dave Barry Talks Back (1991)
  • The World According to Dave Barry (1994) includes Dave Barry Talks Back and Dave Barry's Greatest Hits
  • Dave Barry is NOT Making This Up (1995)
  • Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus (1997)
  • Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down (2000)
  • Dave Barry: Boogers Are My Beat (2003)


  • Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Chords and an Attitude (1994) with Stephen King, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Al Kooper, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr., Joel Selvin, Amy Tan, Dave Marsh, Tad Bartimus, Matt Groening, Greil Marcus, Tabitha King, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Dorris
  • Naked Came the Manatee (1998) with Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, James W. Hall, Edna Buchanan, Les Standiford, Paul Levine, Brian Antoni, Tananarive Due, John Dufresne, Vicki Hendricks, Carolina Hospital, Evelyn Mayerson

Audio recordings

  • A Totally Random Evening With Dave Barry (1992)


Dave Barry can be found primarily in the humourgenre