Oscar Hijuelos


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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 · 17,101 ratings · 1,350 reviews · 24 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mambo Kings Play Songs ...

3.68 avg rating — 11,519 ratings — published 1989 — 48 editions
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Mr. Ives' Christmas

3.76 avg rating — 1,055 ratings — published 1995 — 12 editions
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Dark Dude

3.64 avg rating — 688 ratings — published 2008 — 20 editions
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Beautiful Maria of My Soul

3.32 avg rating — 666 ratings — published 2010 — 21 editions
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Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise

3.52 avg rating — 606 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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The Fourteen Sisters of Emi...

3.69 avg rating — 629 ratings — published 1993 — 19 editions
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Empress of the Splendid Season

3.56 avg rating — 493 ratings — published 1999 — 17 editions
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A Simple Habana Melody

3.45 avg rating — 383 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Our House in the Last World

3.63 avg rating — 420 ratings — published 1983 — 17 editions
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Thoughts Without Cigarettes

3.38 avg rating — 189 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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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

Polls

October 2019 New School Classic Poll

 
  81 votes, 26.5%

Pet Sematary by Stephen King, 1983, 576 pages
 
  76 votes, 24.8%

Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima, 1968, 389 pages
 
  47 votes, 15.4%

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 1950, 359 pages
 
  42 votes, 13.7%

The Golem by Gustav Meyrink, 1915, 264 pages
 
  36 votes, 11.8%

 
  24 votes, 7.8%

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