Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school
and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease.
With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I
could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which
has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the
UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song of the Silent
Snow, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream
starred Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. Hubert Selby Jr
died in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2004.
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