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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Phil Caputo  

Pen Name: Philip Caputo

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1941 in Westchester, Illinois - a village of Chicago


Illinois Connection

Caputo was born in Westchester, Illinois. He attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park and Loyola University in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Caputo is a novelist and journalist. He shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1973, when he was a reporter for the ''Chicago Tribune''.He was born in Chicago and educated at Purdue and Loyola Universities. After graduating in 1964, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, including a 16-month tour of duty in Vietnam. He has written 14 books, including two memoirs, four books of general nonfiction, and eight novels. His acclaimed memoir of ''Vietnam, A Rumor of War'', is a memoir of his service during the Vietnam War as a marine lieutenant. It is widely regarded as a classic in the literature of war and has been published in 15 languages, has sold over 2 million copies since its publication in 1977.He now resides in Norwalk, Connecticut and Patagonia, Arizona.

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Titles At Your Library


-- 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Coverage of Primary Election Fraud *Overseas Press Club Award, '' A Rumor of War'' *Sidney Hillman Foundation award, ''A Rumor of War''