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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Larry Heinemann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Heinemann was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from and taught at Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larry Heinemann is a novelist. His published work is primarily centered around the Vietnam War. He currently resides in Texas.

Published Works

  • Close Quarters, Farrar, Straus, 1977
  • Paco`s Story, Farrar, Straus, 1986
  • Changing Chicago: A photoducumentary, 1989
  • Cooler By the Lake, Farrar, Straus, 1992
  • Black Virgin Mountain, Doubleday, 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

Close quarters /
ISBN: 0786144777. OCLC Number:

Blackstone Audiobooks,. Ashland, Or. :. 2006.

In the stripped-down unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier.

Paco's story /
ISBN: 0786172789. OCLC Number:

Blackstone Audio,. [Ashland, Or.] :. ℗2006.

The only survivor of a Vietcong attack returns home full of pins and medication and tries to recover some semblance of life.

Cooler by the lake /
ISBN: 0140230254. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 1993, ©1992.

Black Virgin Mountain :
ISBN: 1400076897. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2006.


Close Quarters

  • Society of Midland Authors Best Novel, 1977
  • Paco`s Story

  • Carl Sandburg Literary Award
  • National Book Award for Fiction, 1987
  • Body of Work

  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1993

    Speaking Engagements

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