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Hubert Selby Jr. was an American writer known for the controversial novel Last Exit to Brooklyn as well as Requiem for a Dream, both of which were adapted for film.
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Requiem for a Dream was brought to the screen in 2000 by Darren Aronofsky, director of the 1998 film Pi.
Song of the Silent Snow (1986) brought together 15 stories, the writing of which spanned more than 20 years.
In 1989, Last Exit to Brooklyn was made into a film—in which Selby himself made a cameo appearance—by German director Uli Edel. The novel remains both his most famous and infamous book, and in 1997 Selby recorded the whole of it, forthcoming in 1998 as a multi-CD boxed set under the aegis of Henry Rollins. Rollins worked with Selby on the 1990 CD Our Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven and in 1995 released Selby's Live in Europe 1989.
Selby's work has appeared throughout the years in Yugen, Black Mountain Review, Evergreen Review, Provincetown Review, Kulchur, New Directions Annual, Swank, Open City and other publications.
The Willow Tree, a long-awaited new novel, his first since 1978, was published in the spring of 1998.
Selby died of chronic pulmonary disease on April 26, 2004, in Los Angeles, California. At the time of his death, he was working on an autobiographical novel and screenplay, in addition to teaching a graduate writing class at the University of Southern California.
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