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looking for a famous European American writer.

 
 
Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 07:53 am
Hi everybody, I want to do a research about a famous American writer but of

a European origin. So far I didn't find him.

Appreciate any help about my research.
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George
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 09:04 am
Could you be a bit more specific?
The only name that springs to my mind is Jerzy Kosiński.
Francis
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 09:23 am
@George,
It could be so many people...

Vladimir Nabokov, for example..
navigator
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 11:25 am
Thanks George, thanks Francis.

I wrote about Jerzy Kosiński, not that I knew him before, I just chose to write

about him. However, I'm having a bit of difficulty finding what other authors

or writers say about him.

Pity that he committed suicide.
Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 11:42 am
@Francis,
I suppose he does qualify as European, though his formative years were spent in Russia. Don't the Russians claim him as their own?

I'm honestly having trouble thinking of others who qualify, particulary those with the "famous" distinction. The trend seems to be that great American writers emigrate to Europe, not the other way aorund.
Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 11:51 am
Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 11:54 am
@Gargamel,
The same could be said about Jerzy Kosiński.

But they both were Americans as they were naturalized.

There's more Europeans becoming famous american writers in my list than the other way around, even though there's a whole lot of them too..
aidan
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 11:56 am
@navigator,
Elie Wiesel
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 12:05 pm
@Francis,
Sure, Nabokov was more American than he was European and arguably Russian. But he wrote in Russian while in Europe. He began writing in English, or publishing in English, after moving to the states. I think.

Who are the Europeans who became famous American writers? I'm starting to feel dense.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 12:07 pm
Charles Simic

Uh, Jhumpa Lahiri
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 12:17 pm
Abraham Cahan

So that about covers my paltry Jewish-American library...
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George
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jul, 2009 01:20 pm
@navigator,
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. . . However, I'm having a bit of difficulty finding what other authors or writers say
about him. . . .

Have you read these?
Words in Search of Victims: The Achievement of Jerzy Kosinski.
by Paul R. Lilly, Jr.
Plays of Passion, Games of Chance: Jerzy Kosinski and his Fiction.
by Barbara Tepa Lupack
Jerzy Kosinski
by Byron L. Sherwin
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 06:00 am
The McCourt bros. Frank and Malacky.

Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 06:49 am
I can only think of two: Thomas Paine and Isaac Asimov.
Sglass
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 06:59 am
@farmerman,
Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn to Irish immigrants, returned to Ireland with his parents and then returned to US on his own.
Pamela Rosa
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 07:35 am
Mario Puzo
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 07:48 am
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (you can see why he wrote as P.G.)
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BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 08:11 am
@Green Witch,
Green Witch Paine also is the one that came to my mind first.

Thomas Paine born in England.

How many American founding fathers can claimed to had written their most famous book in a French prison waiting to hear if you would be guillotine and after your death had your bones stolen and taken back to England?
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Sglass
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 08:15 am
Brendan Behan isn't too scruffy.
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 16 Jul, 2009 08:24 am
@Pamela Rosa,
MarioPuzo was born in Manhattan, NY.
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