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Robert Stone


NYS Writers Institute Reading - October 24, 1996

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Air Date: WMHQ, Channel 45, 9:30 p.m., February 24, 1999

Robert Stone's novels often feature alienated protagonists who struggle to survive in a brutal world of violence, drugs, and alcohol. Commenting on his subject matter, Time reviewer Paul Gray said, "That Stone makes exciting fiction out of this depressing scenario is the hallmark of his mastery."

A Hall of Mirrors (1967), Stone's first novel, won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel and was also produced by Paramount as the movieWUSA in 1970. His second novel, Dog Soldiers (1974), won the National Book Award and was adapted into the film Who'll Stop the Rain in 1978.

Stone's other works include the novels A Flag for Sunrise (1981), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Children of Light (1986), and Outerbridge Reach (1992). He also edited the anthology The Best American Short Stories: 1992.

Stone has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, the five-year Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at Yale University.

Robert Stone read at the New York State Writers Institute on October 24, 1996.

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