Leon Uris life and biography

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Leon Uris biography

Date of birth : 1924-08-03
Date of death : 2003-06-21
Birthplace : Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-06-20
Credited as : Novelist, Exodus, historical fiction

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Leon Marcus Uris was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976.

Leon Uris was a best-selling novelist known especially for modern Jewish heroes such as those depicted in his 1958 novel Exodus. An international success, the book resulted from Uris's research as a war correspondent during the early days of the founding of Israel. Uris was a high school dropout who joined the U.S. Marines during World War II, serving in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He started his writing career selling short stories, and published his first novel in 1953: Battle Cry, a tale based on his experiences in the Marines. During the 1950s and '60s he wrote novels and worked on screenplays for Hollywood, either adaptations of his books (Battle Cry, The Angry Hills, Exodus and Topaz) or original stories (1957's Gunfight at the O.K. Corral). A popular author for many years, he wrote novels based on historical research, his own travels and interviews. His best-known works include Mila 18 (1961), Q.B. VII (1970), Trinity (1976, about Ireland, not Israel) and A God in Ruins (1999).

Exodus was made into a 1960 film starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint.


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