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General Information

Name:  Carlos Eire  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1950 in Havana, Cuba


Illinois Connection

Lived in Chicago, Illinois after being exiled from Cuba in 1962. In 1973 he received his BA degree from Loyola University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Havana in 1950, Carlos Eire left his homeland in 1962, one of fourteen thousand unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in a series of foster homes in Florida and Illinois, he was reunited with his mother in Chicago in 1965. His father, who died in 1976, never left Cuba. After earning his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1979, Carlos Eire spend two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taught at St. John's University in Minnesota for two years and at the University of Virginia for fifteen. He joined Yale University in 1996 and is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies. He currently resides in Guilford, Connecticut.

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-- *National Book Award in nonfiction for 2003, ''"Waiting for Snow in Havana"''