Oscar Hijuelos


Born
in The United States
August 24, 1951

Died
October 12, 2013

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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: 3.65 · 16,206 ratings · 1,249 reviews · 25 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mambo Kings Play Songs ...

3.69 avg rating — 11,008 ratings — published 1989 — 43 editions
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Mr. Ives' Christmas

3.75 avg rating — 990 ratings — published 1995 — 12 editions
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Dark Dude

3.63 avg rating — 642 ratings — published 2008 — 18 editions
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Beautiful Maria of My Soul

3.30 avg rating — 640 ratings — published 2010 — 20 editions
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Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise

3.49 avg rating — 563 ratings — published 2015 — 10 editions
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The Fourteen Sisters of Emi...

3.69 avg rating — 589 ratings — published 1993 — 19 editions
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Empress of the Splendid Season

3.55 avg rating — 457 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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A Simple Habana Melody

3.44 avg rating — 364 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Our House in the Last World

3.61 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 1983 — 17 editions
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Thoughts Without Cigarettes

3.38 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2011 — 5 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 Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

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