Monday, January 12, 2015

Robert Stone (1937-2015), Author of Dog Soldiers

Robert Stone, who visited the New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany in October 1996, passed away at the age of 77 on January 10th.

Stone was the author of the classic Vietnam War novel, Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award.

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New York Times:

Institute Director Don Faulkner said in 1996:

"Through works such as Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise, novels which are as politically and culturally astute as they are brilliant, to his bitter social satires Children of Light (about Hollywood) and Outerbridge Reach (about midlife crises, middle class values, and sailing), Stone proves his bond of fealty to the writers he respects the most: Dostoevski and Conrad, Hemingway, Dos Passos, and Graham Greene. A reader will find all of the big themes established by each in Stone's work, but they will be found in unique scale, uniquely Stone. He's an American master, of storytelling, of the novel, and of insight into our culture."