Junot Díaz (born December 31, 1968) is a Dominican-American writer. His first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was published in September 2007. In 2008 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It also won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His next novel has not been published yet. It is called Monstro.
Early life[change | change source]
Díaz was born in Villa Juana, a neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In December 1974 he moved to New Jersey.
Personal life[change | change source]
He lives with Marjorie Liu.
Work[change | change source]
Díaz's first collection of short stories, Drown, was published in 1996. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was published in 2007. It is about a Dominican boy called Oscar Wao, who is growing up in New Jersey. It took him 11 years to write. The book uses both English and Spanish. In 2012 Díaz released a collection of short stories called This Is How You Lose Her. He was given the $500,000 MacArthur "Genius grant" award. In 2013 he won the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize. Díaz joins other Hispanic-American writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, and Giannina Braschi who use Spanglish phrases in their stories. Spanglish is a mix of English words and Spanish words.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)". Pulizer.org. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
- ↑ Reporter, Neil Swidey-. "Acclaimed novelist Junot Diaz delivers - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
- ↑ "Junot Díaz - MacArthur Foundation". www.macfound.org. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
- ↑ Irvine, Lindesay; agencies (8 April 2008). "Junot Diaz wins Pulitzer" – via www.theguardian.com.
- ↑ "2012 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant' Winners". Giarts.org. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
- ↑ Flood, Alison (22 March 2013). "Junot Díaz wins world's richest short story prize" – via www.theguardian.com.
- ↑ González, Christopher. Permissible narratives : the promise of Latino/a literature. Columbus. ISBN 978-0-8142-7582-5. OCLC 1003108988.
- ↑ "'Spanglish' | A Fusion of the Spanish and English Language". Eton Institute. 2017-03-23. Archived from the original on 2020-10-17. Retrieved 2020-10-12.