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									Mario PuzoMario Puzo
Lifelong New Yorker Mario Puzo drew upon figures in his Italian-American family to create the characters in his smash hit The Godfather in 1969; but he claimed never to have met a real-life mobster, and his detailed portrait of the Mafia world came entirely from diligent research.

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Mario Puzo
Date of Birth:
October 15, 1920
Place of Birth:
New York City
Date of Death:
July 2, 1999
Place of Death:
Bay Shore, Long Island
Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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Selected Novels

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								The Godfather, Author: 
								Mario Puzo.

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The Godfather
by Mario Puzo
Spending 67 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Godfather is undoubtedly Puzo's best-loved work, and of course inspired the unforgettable Scorcese film trilogy.
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								The Last Don, Author: 
								Mario Puzo.
*  The Dark Arena (1955)
*  The Fortunate Pilgrim (1964)
*  The Godfather (1969)
*  The Last Don (1996)
*  Omerta (2000)
*  The Family (2001)

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The Last Novel

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								The Family, Author: 
								Mario Puzo.

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The Family
by Mario Puzo
Puzo had been working on this novel for two decades, leaving it unfinished at his death. Set in 15th-century Rome and featuring the villainous Borgias -- regarded by Puzo as the “original crime family” -- the book was later completed and published by his longtime companion, Carol Gino. According to fans, the result is “thoroughly entertaining” and “pure Puzo.”

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Puzo's Favorite Writers

A self-described book addict, Puzo would sometimes read 16 hours a day. He once told Camille Paglia that he liked to have 20 books available at all times, and that he had a "weakness of rereading." His favorite authors: John le Carré and Larry McMurtry, whose Lonesome Dove he considered "a perfect novel." He also enjoyed "English lady novelists" like Fay Weldon and Muriel Spark, and the nonfiction of Norman Mailer and Gay Talese.

*  Larry McMurtry
*  John le Carré
*  Fay Weldon

*  Muriel Spark
*  Norman Mailer
*  Gay Talese
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