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Oscar Hijuelos
Oscar Jerome Hijuelos
Birthday/Birthplace August 24, 1951
New York City, New York, U.S.
Deceased October 12, 2013(2013-10-12)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Profession(s) Novelist
Language English
Citizenship American
School(s) B.A.; M.A. English
College(s) City College of New York
Period 1983–2013
Genre Cuban/American, Latino: fiction and memoirs
Notable works The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)
Notable awards Rome Prize (American Academy in Rome) (1985)
Pulitzer Prize (1990)
Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature (2000)
Spouse Lori Marie Carlson

Oscar Jerome Hijuelos (New York, August 24, 1951 – ibid, October 12, 2013) was an American novelist, the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Best Work of Fiction for his novel The kings of the mambo play songs of love (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, 1989).

Oscar Hijuelos’s Biography

Hijuelos was born in Morningside Heights (Manhattan), in a family of Cuban immigrants. He attended the Corpus Christi School, before studying at the Bronx Community College, Lehman College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Later, he studied composition at the City College of New York, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 and a master’s degree in creative composition in 1976.

After graduating, he held several jobs before devoting himself to writing full-time. His first novel, Our House at the End of the World, was published in 1983 and received two years later the Rome Prize delivered by the American Academy in Rome. His second novel, The kings of the mambo play songs of love (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, 1989) won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Work of Fiction in 1990. Two years later, in 1992, the novel was adapted to the cinema like The kings of the mambo (The Mambo Kings). In 2005, a Broadway musical based on the novel was produced.

Hijuelos taught at Hofstra University and was part of the English Department at Duke University.

He died of a heart attack on October 12, 2013 in Manhattan, New York, at age 62, while playing a tennis match. He collapsed and did not regain consciousness.

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