From his days as a crack reporter (who incredibly rose to the editor-in-chief post of both rival dailies The New York Post and The New York Daily News) to his novels like the sweeping Manhattan epic Forever, Pete Hamill keeps his typing fingers on the pulse of the city he calls home.
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Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute
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|Hamill's Latest||Selected Works|
Recreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man's simple courage that no reader will soon forget. It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression. With enormous compassion, Dr. James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors. But in his own life, Delaney is emotionally numb. His only daughter has left for Mexico, and his wife Molly vanished months before. Then, on a snowy New Year's Day, the doctor returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past. Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt.
A Drinking Life: A Memoir (1994)|
Why Sinatra Matters (1998)
Snow in August (1998)
News Is a Verb (1998)
Diego Rivera (1999)
Downtown: My Manhattan (2004)
North River (2007)
Pete Hamill chronology
|His Kind of Town|
A powerful short novel that is vintage Hamill. An evocative, emotionally involving tale of fathers and sons, loss and yearning, forgiveness and approbation (set in Brooklyn, 1952), this classic is finally restored to print.
|New York Stories|
|In an interview with PBS, Hamill discussed why he thinks the city he loves has yet to be captured in an “ultimate” New York novel: “Because it's constantly changing, because the new people who arrive are adding to [the] mixture in some way, there's never any final word. That's why there is no great novel about New York….There are a lot of very good New York novels, but there's no single all-encompassing novel, the way you could look at any number of Dickens books and say we know London as a result of that.”|
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|A Drinking Life: A Memoir|
Hamill's hard-living, hard-hitting memoir gives readers a look inside the mind and motives of this seasoned writer and diehard New Yorker -- who gradually came to realize that alcohol was ruining his life. When he finally had his last vodka one fateful New Year's Eve, he shrugged and explained, "I have no talent for it.'' According to Publishers Weekly, "It may be the only talent Hamill lacks."
|Why Sinatra Matters|
In this uniquely personal tribute -- based on conversations with Old Blue Eyes himself -- Hamill honors the legacy of fellow New Yorker Frank Sinatra. Hamill observes, "all great artists help transcend the solitude of individuals; they relieve the ache of loneliness.... In their ultimate triumph over the banality of death, such artists continue to matter. So will Frank Sinatra."