In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Why did you start to write for adolescents? I was surrounded by my kids and their friends who were teenagers, and I realized that they were really leading a life that was more exciting than mine.
His wife, Connie, also from Leominster, still lives in the house where they raised their three daughters and one son-all adults now. They never saw a reason to leave.
A newspaper reporter and columnist for 30 years working for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and the Fitchburg SentinelCormier was often inspired by news stories. What makes his works unique is his ability to make evil behavior understandable, though, of course, still evil.
And the obvious abuse of authority. A year-old fan of his said, "You always write from inside the person. He visited nearly every state in the nation.
While Cormier loved to travel, he said many times that he also loved returning to his home in Leominster. Cormier was a practicing Catholic and attended parochial school, where in seventh grade, one of his teachers discovered his ability to write.
But he said he had always wanted to be a writer: His professor, Florence Conlon, sent his short story, without his knowledge, to The Sign, a national Catholic magazine.
Inhe began his award-winning career as a newspaperman with the Worcester Telegram, first in its Leominster office and later in its Fitchburg office.
He wrote a weekly human-interest column, "A Story from the Country," for that newspaper. InCormier joined the staff of the Fitchburg Sentinel, which later became the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise, as the city hall and political reporter.
He later served as wire and associate editor and wrote a popular twice-weekly column under the pseudonym John Fitch IV. The column received the national K. Thomason Award in as the best human-interest column written that year.
That same year, he was honored by the New England Associated Press Association for having written the best news story under pressure of deadline.
He left newspaper work in to devote all his time to writing. Robert Cormier's first novel, Now and at the Hour, was published in Inspired by his father's death, the novel drew critical acclaim and was featured by Time magazine for five weeks on its "Recommended Reading" list.
The author was hailed by the Newark Advocate as being "in the first rank of American Catholic novelists. Instantly acclaimed, it was also the object of censorship attempts because of its uncompromising realism.
In a front-page review in a special children's issue of The New York Times Book Review, it was described as "masterfully structured and rich in theme," and it went on to win countless awards and honors, was taught in schools and colleges throughout the world, and was translated into more than a dozen languages.
These three books established Cormier as a master of the young adult novel. Edwards Award, citing the trio of books as "brilliantly crafted and troubling novels that have achieved the status of classics in young adult literature.
I Have Words to Spend, a collection of his newspaper and magazine columns, was published inassembled and edited by his wife, Connie.
All his novels have won critical praise and honors. In the Middle of the Night and Tenderness were short-listed for the Carnegie Medal in England, and Heroes received a "Highly Commended" citation for that same award, unique honors because the Carnegie is traditionally awarded to a British book.
Cormier's novels have frequently come under attack by censorship groups because they are uncompromising in their depictions of the problems young people face each day in a turbulent world.
Teachers and librarians have been quick to point out that his novels are eminently teachable, valuable, and moral. His novels are taught in hundreds of schools and in adolescent literature courses in colleges and universities.
Though many of his books are described as written for young adults, in fact people of all ages read and enjoy Cormier's work. His themes of the ordinariness of evil and what happens when good people stand by and do nothing are treated seriously, and he never provides the easy comfort of a happy ending.
Cormier's gripping stories explore some of the darker corners of the human psyche, but always with a moral focus and a probing intelligence that compel readers to examine their own feelings and ethical beliefs. In an interview Cormier was asked if he had accomplished what he set out to do at the beginning of his writing career.
He answered with characteristic humility: My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able to produce at least one book that would be read by people.
That dream came true with the publication of my first novel-and all the rest has been a sweet bonus. All I've ever wanted to do, really, was to write.FITCHBURG - Three years ago when archivist Asher Jackson began reading through the Robert Cormier archive at Fitchburg State University, what excited him was not the writings on censorship the.
Book Description. Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14–18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction.
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