Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins (May 21, 1916 – October 14, 1997) was an American author.

Robbins, born Harold Rubin in New York City, claimed to be a Jewish orphan raised in a Catholic boys home; actually, he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. [http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/robbins.htm Kirjasto: Harold Robbins] ] He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn. And his first wife wasn't a Chinese dancer who died from a parrot bite as he had also claimed. She was, in fact, merely his high school sweetheart [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biography/0,,2208540,00.html Review: Harold Robbins by Andrew Wilson | By genre | guardian.co.uk Books ] ] (when that marriage ended after 28 years, he remarried twice.)


His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948) created controversy with its graphic sexuality. Ian Parker says that according to Robbins, publisher Pat Knopf bought "Never Love a Stranger" because "it was the first time he had ever read a book where on one page you'd have tears and on the next page you'd have a hard-on."

"The Dream Merchants" (1949) was about Hollywood's film industry, from the first steps to sound era. Again Robbins blended his own experiences, historical facts, melodrama, sex, and action into a fast-moving story.

His 1952 novel, "A Stone for Danny Fisher," was adapted into a 1958 motion picture "King Creole," which starred Elvis Presley. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/books/review/Carson-t.html Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex] , book review, Tom Carson "The New York Times" October 21, 2007]

He would become arguably the world's bestselling author, publishing over 20 books which were translated into 32 languages and sold over 750 million copies. Among his best-known books is "The Carpetbaggers," loosely based on the life of Howard Hughes, taking the reader from New York to California, from the prosperity of the aeronautical industry to the glamor of Hollywood. Its sequel, "The Raiders," appeared in 1995.

Since his death, several new books have been published, written by ghostwriters. On the last couple of books, Junius Podrug has been credited as cowriter.

His often profane style was referred to in the film , where Kirk cites his work to explain how people in the 20th century talk.

Personal life

Robbins was married five times. From 1982 he used a wheelchair because of hip trouble, but continued writing.

He spent a great deal of time on the French Riviera and Monte Carlo until his death on October 14, 1997 from respiratory heart failure when he was 81. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City) near Palm Springs, California. Since his death, several new novels have been released posthumously, finished by ghostwriters.

Harold Robbins has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6743 Hollywood Boulevard.

elected bibliography

*"Never Love A Stranger", 1948
*"The Dream Merchants", 1949
*"A Stone for Danny Fisher", 1952
*"Never Leave Me", 1953
*"79 Park Avenue", 1955
*"Stiletto", 1960
*"The Carpetbaggers", 1961
*"Where Love Has Gone", 1962
*"Hopping the Fence", 1966
*"The Adventurers", 1966
*"The Inheritors", 1969
*"The Betsy", 1971
*"The Pirate", 1974
*"The Lonely Lady", 1976
*"Dreams Die First", 1977
*"Memories of Another Day", 1979
*"Goodbye, Janette", 1981
*"The Storyteller", 1982
*"Spellbinder", 1982
*"Descent from Xanadu", 1984
*"The Piranhas", 1986
*"The Raiders", 1995
*"The Stallion", 1996
*"Tycoon", 1997
*"The Predators", 1998
*"The Secret", 2000
*"Never Enough", 2001
*"Sin City", 2002
*"Heat of Passion", 2003
*"The Betrayers", (with Junius Podrug) 2004
*"Blood Royal", (with Junius Podrug) 2005
*"The Devil to Pay", (with Junius Podrug) 2006
*"The Looters", (with Junius Podrug) 2007


The Raidershttp://www.amazon.com/Raiders-Harold-Robbins/dp/0671872931

External links

* [http://www.iblist.com/author5148.htm Harold Robbins] at Internet Book List [http://www.iblist.com]

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