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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


-- Larry Heinemann on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=larry+heinemann

E-Mail: -- larryheinemann@tamu.edu


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.


Awards

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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Black Virgin Mountain :
ISBN: 1400076897. OCLC Number: 70066954

Vintage Books,. .

Black Virgin Mountain :
ISBN: 9781598874266. OCLC Number: 143411754

HighBridge Co.,. .

The powerful war memoir of the celebrated author of the Vietnam novels Close quarters and Paco's story, the latter a National Book Award winner. An intense, harrowing recounting of the brutal tour of duty in Southeast Asia that tragically and irrevocably altered his life and that of his family, and the long journey of mourning that led him, ultimately, to reconciliation.

Close quarters
ISBN: 9780307517708. OCLC Number: 696008157

Vintage,. .

From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo, Tim O'Brien, and Gustav Hasford. 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. In the tradition of Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial-- and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Close quarters /
ISBN: 0786144777. OCLC Number: 69844031

Blackstone Audiobooks,. .

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.

Cooler by the lake /
ISBN: 0140230254. OCLC Number: 28608046

Penguin Books,. .

Paco's story
ISBN: 9780307539625. OCLC Number: 680678535

Vintage eBooks,. .

Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Viet Cong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues Paco almost two days later, he is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the US with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off the bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed-but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body. Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco's Story From the Trade Paperback edition.

Paco's story /
ISBN: 0786172789. OCLC Number: 416589139

Blackstone Audio,. .

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