Hijuelos, Oscar

Oscar Hijuelos (b.1951, New York City – d. 2013, New York City): In 1990, Hijuelos became the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He novels include Our House in the Last World, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien, Empress of the Splendid Season, Mr. Ives’ Christmas and A Simple Habana Melody. He received a master’s degree from City College of New York and won a Breadloaf Writers Conference scholarship as well as grants from the Creative Artists Programs Service, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, was made into a film starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas. (CINTAS for literature, 1977-78)

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