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Edwin O'Connor

(1918—1968)


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(1918–68),

born in Rhode Island, after graduation from Notre Dame and service in the Coast Guard during World War II became a radio writer and producer. His books are The Oracle (1951), a caricature of a popular radio broadcaster; The Last Hurrah (1956), a lively portrayal of a big city boss, a demagogue and a rogue, but withal a warmly human Irish-American, presumably suggested by Boston's longtime mayor James M. Curley; The Edge of Sadness (1961, Pulitzer Prize), again set in a city modeled on Boston, portraying with sympathy the rector of a small Catholic parish, himself a reformed drunkard, and other vivid Irish-American characters; and I Was Dancing (1964), about an aging vaudeville performer's cunning fight to keep from being sent to a home for old people.

Subjects: Literature.


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