Robert Stone (21 August, 1937 – 10 January, 2015) was an award winning American novelist known for his novel Dog Soldiers.
- Mr. Stone was born in Brooklyn, NY. His mother was a schizophrenic who was institutionalized, he was raised for several years in a Catholic orphanage.
- As a young man, the author was a bit troubled and was even expelled from Marist High School during his senior year.
- Mr. Stone joined the US Navy for four years, and traveled around the world. He gave the Navy much credit for helping him after a tough childhood.
- The author become a correspondent in Vietnam to INK, a British journal in 1971. The time there inspired his award winning 1974 novel Dog Soldiers. The novel follows a journalist who smuggles heroine from Vietnam.
- Mr. Stone was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice, once for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and five times finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.
- The 1975 novel Dog Soldiers won the National Book Award.
- Even though Mr. Stone never earned an academic degree, he has taught create writing at several universities around the United States.
- Mr. Stone served as the Chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Board of Directors for over thirty years
- During his career Mr. Stone published 9 novels, two stories collections, and a memoir.
- After years of chain smoking, the author was suffering from emphysema and passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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