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Oscar Hijuelos
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    (August 24, 1951-October 12, 2013)
    Born in Manhattan, New York
    Wrote 'Our House in the Last World' (1983), 'The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love' (1989), 'The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien' (1993), 'Mr. Ives' Christmas' (1995), 'Empress of the Splendid Season' (1999), 'Dark Dude' (2008) and 'Beautiful Maria of My Soul' (2010)
    Suffered a fatal heart attack while playing tennis at age 62
    Last name pronounced 'ee-HWAY-los'
    He said one effect of the success of ''Mambo Kings' was 'I have fewer friends and many more acquaintances.'
    Commenting on his willingness to provide dust jacket quotes for just about every other Latino writer in the 1990s, he said 'I must have been known as a blurb slut.'
    He disliked being thought of as an 'ethnic' writer: 'I know I'll be reviewed one way because my name is Hispanic and I'd be reviewed another way if my name were O'Brien.'
    When he was four, he developed nephritis after a vacation in Cuba and was hospitalized for the better part of a year, having little contact with his family.
    Growing up in a neighborhood of mixed ethnicity, he encountered discrimination from whites because he was Latino and from Latinos because of his light skin.
    He became the first Latino author to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction when 'Mambo Kings' won in 1990.

Credit: C. Fishel

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