Oscar Hijuelos, First Hispanic Writer to Win Pulitzer, Dies at 62
Oscar Hijuelos, who made history as the first Latino writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1990 for his book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, died on Saturday. He was 62.
The Cuban-American novelist lost consciousness while playing tennis in Manhattan over the weekend, the NY Times reports.
Hijuelos gained fame for stories that explored the lives and relationships of Latino immigrants struggling with assimilation to a new culture. His most famous novels include Our House in the Last World (1983) and The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien (1993) in addition to The Mambo Kings(1989).
A lifelong New Yorker, Hijuelos received both his bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from City College after graduating from Louis D. Brandeis High School in Manhattan.
Hijuelos is survived by his wife, Lori Marie Hijuelos, as well as his brother, José Hijuelos.
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