Oscar Hijuelos

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Oscar Hijuelos

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born
in The United States
August 24, 1951

died
October 12, 2013

gender
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Oscar Hijuelos (born August 24, 1951) is an American novelist. He is the first Hispanic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Hijuelos was born in New York City, in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, to Cuban immigrant parents. He attended the Corpus Christi School, public schools, and later attended Bronx Community College, Lehman College, and Manhattan Community College before matriculating into and studying writing at the City College of New York (B.A., 1975; M.A. in Creative Writing, 1976). He then practiced various professions before taking up writing full time. His first novel, Our House in the Last World, was published in 1983 and received the 1985 Rome Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Rome. His second novel, The Mambo Kings Play
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Average rating: 3.62 · 11,073 ratings · 852 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
The Mambo Kings Play Songs ...
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,730 ratings — published 1989 — 36 editions
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Mr. Ives' Christmas
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 655 ratings — published 1995 — 8 editions
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Dark Dude
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 494 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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Beautiful Maria of My Soul
3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 508 ratings — published 2010 — 16 editions
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The 14 Sisters of Emilio Mo...
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 432 ratings — published 1969 — 15 editions
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Empress of the Splendid Season
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 365 ratings — published 1999 — 15 editions
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A Simple Habana Melody
3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 274 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Our House in the Last World
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 278 ratings — published 1983 — 13 editions
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Thoughts Without Cigarettes
3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — expected publication 2015 — 4 editions
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June 2011, Oscar Hijuelos
"His Favorite Latino Literature: The Pulitzer winner pens his first memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes, and picks his favorite works by Latino writers." ...More

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“On his back, Robert must have had time to see something beautiful, and not just the ugliness of a city street at the end of life. Even with the tremendous pain in his badly gutted belly he would have looked up beyond the fire escapes and the windows with their glittery trees and television glows, to the sky about the rooftops. A sky shimmery with the possibilities of the death; lights exaggerated, the heavens peeled back- a swirling haze of nebulae and comets - in some distant place, intimations of the new beginning into which he would soon journey”
Oscar Hijuelos, Mr. Ives' Christmas

“Oh yes!...The sweet summons of God to man. That's when He calls you up to His arms. And it's the most beautiful thing, a rebirth, a new life. But, just the same I'm in no rush to find out.”
Oscar Hijuelos, Mr. Ives' Christmas

“The house in which the fourteen sisters of Emilio Montez O'brien lived, radiated femininity.”
Oscar Hijuelos, The 14 Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

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