Oscar Hijuelos

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Birthday
24, 1951
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Oct 12, 2013 (62)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
24, 1951
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Oct 12, 2013 (62)

About

A Cuban American novelist, he is best known for his 1989 work, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The novel won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was later adapted into a feature film.

Before Fame

He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing from the City College of New York. Following graduation, he worked in advertising before devoting himself to a full-time writing career.

Trivia

He became the first Hispanic writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Family Life

He was born in New York City to Cuban immigrant parents (Pascual and Magdalena Hijuelos). He was married twice; his second wife was fellow writer, Lori Marie Carlson.

Associated With

He studied under Susan Sontag at the City College of New York.

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