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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Average rating: 4.1 · 51,592 ratings · 1,719 reviews · 103 distinct worksSimilar authors
Rich Man, Poor Man

4.17 avg rating — 35,338 ratings — published 1969 — 73 editions
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The Young Lions

4.20 avg rating — 3,419 ratings — published 1948 — 61 editions
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Beggarman, Thief

3.98 avg rating — 1,966 ratings — published 1977 — 35 editions
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Nightwork

3.97 avg rating — 1,529 ratings — published 1975 — 27 editions
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Bread Upon the Waters

4.05 avg rating — 1,567 ratings — published 1981 — 37 editions
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Evening in Byzantium

3.77 avg rating — 813 ratings — published 1973 — 22 editions
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ثورة الموتى

3.80 avg rating — 754 ratings — published 1935 — 6 editions
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Lucy Crown

3.92 avg rating — 618 ratings — published 1956 — 27 editions
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The Top of the Hill

3.79 avg rating — 453 ratings — published 1979 — 18 editions
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Two Weeks In Another Town

3.80 avg rating — 371 ratings — published 1960 — 23 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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