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Oscar Hijuelos

 (1951- )

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Oscar Hijuelos was born in New York City in 1951 to Cuban-American parents. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees  from City University of New York. In 1990 Hijuelos became the first Hispanic-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for  his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989). His accolades include a citation as an outstanding writer from Pushcart Press (1978) for the short story Columbus Discovering America, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for Creative Writers and the Rome Prize in literature for his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1983). The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, was the basis for the movie The Mambo Kings (1992). Hijuelos has also written The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien (1993); Mr. Ives' Christmas (1995); and Empress of the Splendid Season (1999). 
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