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Robert Stone (Novelist)
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    (August 21, 1937-January 10, 2015)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Wrote the novels 'A Hall of Mirrors' (1967), 'Dog Soldiers' (1974), 'A Flag for Sunrise' (1981), 'Outerbridge Reach' (1992), 'Damascus Gate' (1998), 'Bay of Souls' (2003), and 'Death of the Black-Haired Girl' (2013)
    Chair of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation (1982-2015)
    He was expelled from a Catholic high school in his senior year for 'drinking too much beer and being militantly atheistic.'
    He took part in Ken Kesey's LSD experiments.
    He was a chain smoker.
    He explained the long gestation periods between novels with 'I'm a slothful perfectionist.'
    His father abandoned the family shortly after Robert's birth.
    When he was six, his schizophrenic mother was institutionalized and he was placed in an orphanage.
    He was inspired to become a novelist by a rereading of 'The Great Gatsby.'
    He covered the Vietnam War as a correspondent for a British journal, 'INK.'
    Although he never completed an academic degree, he taught creative writing at several universities including Johns Hopkins and Yale.
    He was married for 55 years to Janice Burr, dubbed 'the patron saint of writers' wives' by a friend.

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