Hubert Selby Jr.


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
July 23, 1928

Died
April 26, 2004

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Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn and went to sea as a merchant marine while still in his teens. Laid low by lung disease, he was, after a decade of hospitalizations, written off as a goner and sent home to die. Deciding instead to live, but having no way to make a living, he came to a realization that would change the course of literature: "I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer." Drawing from the soul of his Brooklyn neighborhood, he began writing something called "The Queen Is Dead," which evolved, after six years, into his first novel, Last Exit to Brooklyn (1964), a book that Allen Ginsberg predicted would "explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years."

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Requiem for a Dream

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4.10 avg rating — 49,548 ratings — published 1978 — 42 editions
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Last Exit to Brooklyn

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3.89 avg rating — 21,129 ratings — published 1964 — 79 editions
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The Room

3.53 avg rating — 4,265 ratings — published 1971 — 24 editions
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The Demon

3.66 avg rating — 3,470 ratings — published 1976 — 4 editions
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Waiting Period

3.27 avg rating — 1,372 ratings — published 2002 — 13 editions
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Song of the Silent Snow

3.61 avg rating — 1,337 ratings — published 1986 — 19 editions
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The Willow Tree

3.93 avg rating — 644 ratings — published 1998 — 16 editions
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Last Exit To Brooklyn / Req...

4.03 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2004
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Requiem for a Dream

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4.28 avg rating — 561 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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“Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done. ”
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“But you cant shut everyone out. I mean you have to have someone to love. . .someone to hold on to. . . someone--”
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“I suspect there will never be a requiem for a dream, simply because it will destroy us before we have the opportunity to mourn it's passing.”
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