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Robert Cormier (1925–2000)

Autor(a) de The Chocolate War

25+ Works 12,929 Membros 427 Críticas 36 Favorited

About the Author

Robert Cormier began writing novels for adults, but established his reputation as an author of books for young adults, earning critical acclaim with three books, each of which were named New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year: The Chocolate War (1974), I Am the Cheese (1977), and After the mostrar mais First Dark (1979). Cormier was born on January 17, 1925, in Leominster, Mass., where his eighth-grade teacher first discovered his ability to write. Cormier worked as a commercial writer at WTAG-Radio in Worcester, Mass. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist at the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and at the Fitchburg Sentinel. Cormier received the Best Human Interest Story of the Year Award from the Associated Press of New England in 1959 and 1973. He also earned the Best Newspaper Column Award from K.R. Thomson Newspapers, Inc., in 1974. Cormier, who is sometimes inspired by news stories or family events, is known for having serious themes in his work, such as manipulation, abuse of authority, and the ordinariness of evil. These themes are also evident in many of his more than 15 books. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War (1974) 4,904 exemplares
I Am the Cheese (1977) — Autor — 2,386 exemplares
Beyond the Chocolate War (1985) 780 exemplares
After the First Death (1979) 703 exemplares
Fade (1988) 674 exemplares
The Rag and Bone Shop (2001) 581 exemplares
Tenderness (1997) 421 exemplares
We All Fall Down (1991) 417 exemplares
Tunes for Bears to Dance To (1992) 388 exemplares
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1983) 362 exemplares
Heroes (1998) 319 exemplares
In the Middle of the Night (1995) 273 exemplares
Other Bells for Us to Ring (1990) 209 exemplares
8 Plus 1 (1900) 198 exemplares
Frenchtown Summer (1999) 176 exemplares

Associated Works

America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories (1993) — Contribuidor — 228 exemplares
Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults (1985) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
The Chocolate War [1988 film] (2007) — Original book — 11 exemplares
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Short Story & You (1987) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Cormier, Robert
Nome legal
Cormier, Robert Edmund
Outros nomes
John Fitch IV
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Saint Cecilia's Cemetery, Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Local de nascimento
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Local de falecimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Fitchburg State College
newspaper reporter
Prémios e menções honrosas
Margaret A. Edwards Award (1991)
Marilyn Marlow




I HAVE WORDS TO SPEND: REFLECTIONS OF A SMALL-TOWN EDITOR (1991) caught my eye in A local thrift store a few years back mostly because of its author, Robert Cormier, who was a favorite of my younger son, who has, I think, read several of his books, mostly written for YA readers. THE CHOCOLATE WARS is perhaps his best known work. I also remember I AM THE CHEESE and FADE. I hadn't known Cormier was also a longtime newspaperman and editor, in Fitchburg and Leominster, two Massachusetts towns I remember from my time in Army training at nearby Fort Devens more than sixty years ago. I enjoyed his columns tremendously, and was reminded of Andy Rooney and Russell Baker, a couple other journalist-writers I've long admired. Cormier writes of mundane things like quitting smoking, Las Vegas gambling, air travel, boxing (Joe Louis), revisiting the house where he was born, and more. But he is most moving when he writes about his family - his mother's hands (always busy), his role as father of the bride, and groom, and especially about his much loved youngest child, a girl born when he and his wife were in their forties. He explains that she was not a "late baby," but that she was born "just in time."

Robert Cormier died in 2000, at 75, but his YA books are still very popular, and are even challenged as unsuitable by all the self-styled would-be censors so prevalent among th Know-Nothing party today. As for these columns so lovingly collected by his wife? I loved them. Long out of print now, of course, but if you can find a copy, I recommend them very highly.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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TimBazzett | 2 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2024 |
I love the writing style- the analogies are top notch, and the conversations are well-written. However, I didn't like how often it shifted perspective. It was hard to follow which section was about which character; sometimes it would shift perspective mid chapter. Other than that, I enjoyed this book.

Read for college YA lit class
Dances_with_Words | 194 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2024 |
This book reaffirms my belief in the horribleness of everyone.
blueskygreentrees | 194 outras críticas | Jul 30, 2023 |
For all the hype surrounding this book I expected something spectacular. It was good, but not that good. Perhaps the hype is because this is one of the few books about boys, for boys, written boy (well, man).
MrsBond | 194 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |



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