FALLING ANGEL HJORTSBERG PDF

Born in New York City, he attended college at Dartmouth and spent a year at the Yale School of Drama before leaving to become a writer. For the next few years he lived in the Caribbean and Europe, writing two unpublished novels, the second of which earned him a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. When his fellowship ended in , Hjortsberg was discouraged, still unpublished, and making ends meet as a grocery store stock boy. No longer believing he could make a living as a novelist, he began writing strictly for his own amusement. The result was Alp , an absurd story of an Alpine skiing village which Hjortsbergs friend Thomas McGuane called, quite William Hjortsberg was an acclaimed author of novels and screenplays.

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Born in New York City, he attended college at Dartmouth and spent a year at the Yale School of Drama before leaving to become a writer. For the next few years he lived in the Caribbean and Europe, writing two unpublished novels, the second of which earned him a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. When his fellowship ended in , Hjortsberg was discouraged, still unpublished, and making ends meet as a grocery store stock boy.

No longer believing he could make a living as a novelist, he began writing strictly for his own amusement. The result was Alp , an absurd story of an Alpine skiing village which Hjortsbergs friend Thomas McGuane called, quite William Hjortsberg was an acclaimed author of novels and screenplays.

The first, a novel about human brains kept alive by science, was inspired by an off-the-cuff remark Hjortsberg made at a cocktail party. The second, a post-apocalyptic tale of a man who creates dreams, was later published in condensed form in Penthouse. After publishing Toro! This hard-boiled detective story with an occult twist was adapted for the screen as Angel Heart , starring Robert De Niro. Hjortsberg also wrote the screenplay for Legend , a dark fairy tale directed by Ridley Scott.

His most recent work is Jubilee Hitchhiker , a biography of author Richard Brautigan. Hjortsberg lives with his family in Montana.

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Hjortsberg was born in New York City, where his father, Helge, a Swedish merchant sailor who had jumped ship there, ran a successful Swedish restaurant. When he was 10, his father died, and the family lost everything. His Swiss-born mother, Ida, worked as a maid to support the family. Hjortsberg took a degree in English at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and worked nights in a pizza parlour. William Hjortsberg with his daughter, Lorca, in Hjortsberg wrote two novels, which were rejected widely, and was working as a shelf-stacker in Bolinas, California, when McGuane stepped in to help. A comedy set in a fairytale Switzerland, it was published as Alp in , and followed by Gray Matters , a brilliant piece of what was becoming known as speculative fiction, set in a post-apocalyptic world where only the brains of a select few had survived.

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