Fun Facts about John Hakes:
- Mr. Hawkes was born in Stamford, CT. He raised in New York City and in Juneau, AK.
- During World War II, Mr. Hawkes left Harvard University to drive an ambulance for the American Field Service in Italy and Germany from 1944 – 1945.
- After his service, Mr. Hawkes went back to Harvard and graduated in 1949
- At age 22 the author married Sophie Tazewell and “began life” as he often said.
- The Beetle Leg (1951), a surrealistic Western, is considered to be one of the landmark novels of 20th-century American literature.
- Hawkes took his inspiration from the Russian author Vladimir Nabokov.
- Most of his career, Mr. Hawkes taught English and create writing both at Harvard and Brown University.
- Honors Mr. Hawkes received included a $35,000 Lannan Foundation award, Ford Foundation and Guggenheim fellowships and grants from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
- A film of his story The Blood Oranges was made, but never released.
- Mr. Hawkes passed away in Providence, RI from a stroke he had during heart bypass surgery.
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