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August 24, 1951 – October 12, 2013
The son of Cuban immigrants, Oscar Hijuelos lived here from 1951
to 1971, where he first began to write and play guitar and piano.
Literature and music would be his life-long passions. A student at
Bronx Community College, Manhattan Community College, and
Lehman College before entering the City College of New York where he
received his B.A. and M.F.A., he was the recipient of The Rome Prize for
his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1983). Hijuelos became
the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1990 for
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989). He explored the
immigrant experience and celebrated the Morningside Heights
neighborhood in The Mambo Kings, which was adapted as a
film in 1992 and a musical in 2005. In 1998, he married
writer and editor Lori Marie Carlson.
New York, NY 10027