Birthday: August 21, 1937 (Leo)
Born In: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Robert Stone was a prolific novelist who authored several novels and short stories. He was known for his powerful depiction of the despair and dark side of his characters who battle the challenges like forces of nature, politics and their own failings. For someone who had a hard childhood and grew up in a broken home, writing about the challenges of life seemed like a natural path to tread. His father abandoned the family when he was small and he was sent to an orphanage after his schizophrenic mother was institutionalized. As a young adult, he tried to seek refuge by drowning himself in alcohol and drugs, but that did not ease his troubled mind. He served for four years with the Navy and traveled to various remote places during his service. During his navy stint, he witnessed war related violence in several areas and became preoccupied with the concept of politics. Inspired to write partly by his own difficult experiences, and partly by what he had witnessed as a navy man, he published his first novel A Hall of Mirrors which portrayed ring-wing racism. His novel received critical acclaim and thus began his career as a writer. He went on to produce several other novels, short story collections, and memoirs.
Also Known As: Robert Stone (novelist)
Died At Age: 77
Born Country: United States
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Died on: January 10, 2015
place of death: Key West, Florida, United States
City: Brooklyn, New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers
awards: 1974 - National Book Award for Fiction
- Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award
- American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award
His first novel A Hall of Mirrors was published in 1967. The story focused around a formerly brilliant musician who turns into an alcoholic and gets involved in political problems. His debut novel was critically acclaimed and he was motivated to write more.
He wrote his second novel Dog Soldiers in 1974 based on his experiences in Vietnam. The story features a journalist and a sailor who get involved in a drug deal that goes wrong. The novel was highly praised and made into a film Who’ll Stop the Rain in 1978.
His novel A Flag for Sunrise which was published in 1982 was based upon his visits to Nicaragua. He had seen pervasive and meaningless use of violence there which was reflected in graphic detail in the novel.
In 1986, his novel Children of Light was released. The story focused on the lives of a failed playwright and his old flame, a successful actress, and their relationship with a drug addict.
During the 1990s he brought out three pieces of literary works: two novels Outerbridge Reach (1992) and Damascus Gate (1998) and a collection of short stories Bear and His Daughter (1997).
His 2003 novel Bay of Souls was a thriller which was about a married professor who gets entangled in an extramarital affair with a mysterious woman.
He published a memoir in 2007 which was titled Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties in which he discussed his experiences in the American counterculture of the 1960s.
In 2010, he brought out a collection of short stories titled Fun with Problems.
His best known work is Dog Soldiers, a novel about a journalist and a Merchant Marine sailor who get involved in a heroin deal. The novel was later adapted into a film and named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels, 1923 to 2005.
He won the William Faulkner Foundation Award for notable first novel in 1969, for A Hall of Mirrors. He had been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice.
He married Janice Burr, a social worker, in 1959. The couple had two children.
He was a chain smoker and suffered from severe emphysema.
Robert Stone died on January 10, 2015, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 77.
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