|Born||9 May 1947|
|Residence||New York City|
|Country||England (1970-1986); Northern Ireland (1986-present)|
Richard A Cohen (born 9 May 1947) is a retired British fencer who competed at three Olympic Games and the author of Chasing the Sun, the story of man's relationship to that star, and By the Sword, a history of sword fighting. He is the founder of the book publisher Richard Cohen Books.
Cohen was born in Birmingham, England, to a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother. He learned to fence while at Downside School, near Bath. He was British Sabre Champion five times and was selected for the British team in four Olympics from 1972 to 1984, although he did not compete at the Moscow Olympics because of a sporting boycott.
Cohen was World Veterans’ Sabre Champion in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 and has been European sabre champion nine times, making him the most successful single-weapon fencer of veteran fencing.
While competing as a fencer, he worked for book publishers, editing much of the early work of Jeffrey Archer, and became a publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton. He went on to found his own publishers, Richard Cohen Books, which won the Sunday Times Small publisher of the Year award in 1998. Since moving to America in 1999, he has edited books by Rudy Giuliani, all five books by Madeleine Albright, David Boies, and the Pulitzer Prizewinning biography of Malcolm X by Manning Marable. Cohen wrote a history of fencing, By the Sword (2002), with the subtitle A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions.; a large-scale history of the Sun, Chasing the Sun, The Epic Story of the Star that Gives Us Life, 2010, Random House and a book about literature and how to write, How To Write Like Tolstoy, May 2016, Random House. He appeared in the James Bond film, Die Another Day (2002).
He has two sons and a daughter and lives in New York City with his wife Kathy Robbins, a literary agent. His son Guy Cohen won a bronze medal for Great Britain at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in men’s épée, and his daughter Mary fenced in épée, as Richard Cohen himself was knocked out in the first round in sabre. His daughter, Mary (born 1986), was British épée champion in 2006 and 2011 and has been a member of the British team at World and European championships. In 2010 father (for Northern Ireland) and daughter (for England) competed in the same Commonwealth championships, the first father and daughter to do so. In June 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
- "Richard Cohen Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- World Veterans Fencing Championship
- Book review, The Independent, 11 December 2002. He was Commonwealth sabre champion in 1982 and won the prestigious Paris Open in 1981. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- "1970 Athletes". Team England.
- "Edinburgh, 1970 Team". Team England.
- "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
- Publishing MA: Who teaches this course, Kingston University. Retrieved on 25 November 2010.
- Richard Cohen, By the Sword, 2002, Random House
- Richard Cohen, Random House authors. Retrieved 26 March 2009.