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The chocolate war
The Chocolate War is a novel that was written by Robert Edmund Cormier. Robert was
born on January 17, 1925, in the French Canadian section of Leominster, Massachusetts and died
on November 2, 2000. Other than being a writer, Robert was also a journalist who ended being
widely known for his pessimistic novels that mainly focused on your adults (Britannica).
Robert’s family moved from house to house frequently due to their inability to afford rent
but they never left his hometown. He ended up having a home in his home town as well when he
was a grown-up simply because he never wanted to leave his hometown.
Robert attended a Catholic school known as St. Cecilia's Parochial School. He embraced
his writing skill at an early age when he was still in first grade. This is so since he was always
praised for his poetry.
It was in 7th grade when he realized his aspiration to become a writer after being
encouraged by a nun to write a poem. Afterward, he attended Leominster High school where he
ended up graduating as the president of his class.
After graduating from high school, Robert enrolled at Fitchburg State College. It is in his
freshman year when he ended up publishing his first short story after a college professor ended
up sending one of Robert's stories to a national Catholic magazine. Afterward, Robert went on to
write so many popular novels (Britannica).
Early on in his life, Robert scripted radio commercials. It was this work that laid a firm
foundation for his writing career. While working in radio, he ended up winning awards as a
journalist. As a journalist, he also wrote for his local newspaper which was referred to as the
After the success of his first novel “Now and at the Hour” that was published in the year
1960, Robert became a full-time writer. His first novel majorly focused on teenager's lifestyle
thereby laying a background for him to become a writer of adult novels.
After the success of his first novel, Robert went on to write the novel "The Chocolate
War” which also became as successful as his first novel. This novel was followed by a third
novel titled After the First Death.
In most of his novels, Robert focused on problems that were facing young people in
modern society. This earned him a reputation as an uncompromising as well as a brilliant writer
who shoes to enlighten young minds.
However, despite enjoying extensive success throughout his writing career, his works
were still criticized for their sexual imagery as well as for their dark subject matter in addition to
their violent content. Robert defended his work by pointing out that realism of the stories was
intended at encouraging young adults rather than depressing them (Britannica).
His successful career is highlighted by numerous awards that he won including the
Margaret A. Edwards Award of the young adult services division of the American Library
Association. Additionally, he won the annual award in the year 1991 for his work in the novel
The Chocolate War.
Britannica. "Robert Edmund Cormier | American Author". Encyclopedia Britannica, 2018,
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Edmund-Cormier. Accessed 8 Apr 2019.
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