(Bruce Weber’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/21.)

Richard Eder, a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times who became a film and drama critic there and eventually won a Pulitzer Prize for his book reviews in The Los Angeles Times, died on Friday in Boston. He was 82.

His wife, Esther, said the cause was pneumonia brought on by post-polio syndrome.

Mr. Eder joined The Times in 1954 as a copy boy, then spent nearly three decades at the paper, first as a correspondent in Latin America, where he wrote from Bogotá, Colombia, and interviewed Fidel Castro in Havana in 1964.

Later he had various postings in Europe, where in the 1960s he covered a Greek military coup and delineated the nuances of unrest within different countries behind the Iron Curtain. In the 1970s he covered the rebellion that deposed the fascist government of Portugal and wrote about continuing strife in Northern Ireland. He was The Times’s bureau chief in Paris from 1980 to ’82.

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