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Irwin Shaw

(February27, 1913-May16, 1984)

Irwin Shaw (1913-1984), born and educated in New York City, where he received a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1934, Shaw began his career as a scriptwriter for popular radio programs of the 1930s, and went on to Hollywood to write for the movies. Disillusioned with the film industry, Shaw returned to New York. His first piece of serious writing, an antiwar play entitled Bury the Dead, was produced on Broadway in 1936. About this time, Shaw began contributing short stories to such magazines as the New Yorker and Esquire. His first collection of stories, Sailor off theBremen and Other Stories (1939), earned him an immediate and lasting reputation as a writer of fiction.
While continuing to write plays and stories, Shaw turned to the novel and published The Young Lions in 1948, which won high critical praise as one of the most important novels to come out of World War II. The commercial success of the book and the movie adaptation brought Shaw financial independence and allowed him to devote the rest of his career to writing novels, among them The Troubled Air (1951), Lucy Crown (1956), Rich Man, Poor Man (1970), and Acceptable Losses (1982). Shaw's stories are collected in Short Stories: Five Decades (1978).

Selected works:
BURY THE DEAD, 1936

THE BIG GAME, 1938

QUIET CITY, 1939

WELCOME TO THE CITY, 1942

VOICES OF A SUMMER DAY, 1965

Taken from:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/ishaw.htm

Also see:

http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_SHAW

http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/experience_literature8e/fiction/shaw.htm

http://www.freep.com/news/obituaries/shaw13_20040213.htm

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