Irwin Shaw


Born
in South Bronx, New York City, New York, The United States
February 27, 1913

Died
May 16, 1984

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Shaw was born Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff in the South Bronx, New York City, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Shaw was a prolific American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies. He is best known for his novels, The Young Lions (1948) and Rich Man Poor Man (1970).

His parents were Rose and Will. His younger brother, David Shaw (died 2007), became a noted Hollywood producer. Shortly after Irwin's birth, the Shamforoffs moved to Brooklyn. Irwin changed his surname upon entering college. He spent most of his youth in Brooklyn, where he graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934.

Shaw began screenwriting in 1935 at the age of 21, and scripted for
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Rich Man, Poor Man

4.17 avg rating — 33,124 ratings — published 1969 — 67 editions
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The Young Lions

4.20 avg rating — 3,222 ratings — published 1948 — 58 editions
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Beggarman, Thief

3.96 avg rating — 1,714 ratings — published 1977 — 34 editions
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Nightwork

3.94 avg rating — 1,349 ratings — published 1975 — 26 editions
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Bread Upon the Waters

4.02 avg rating — 1,433 ratings — published 1981 — 33 editions
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ثورة الموتى

3.80 avg rating — 718 ratings — published 1935 — 6 editions
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Evening in Byzantium

3.76 avg rating — 734 ratings — published 1973 — 21 editions
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Lucy Crown

3.89 avg rating — 550 ratings — published 1956 — 10 editions
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The Top of the Hill

3.75 avg rating — 421 ratings — published 1979 — 17 editions
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Two Weeks In Another Town

3.79 avg rating — 340 ratings — published 1960 — 3 editions
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“There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.”
Irwin Shaw

“There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough”
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“I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?”
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