Rudolph Wurlitzer was born in 1937 in Cincinnati. He is related to the jukebox family. When he was one, his family moved to New York. He attended Columbia University and then the University of Aix-en-Provence. After serving in the army and studying further at Columbia, he travelled around, something he has continued to do for most of his life. He has written many screenplays, an opera libretto as well as his novels.