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Hubert Selby, Jr. was a writer from Brooklyn, NY, who wrote the novels Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream, both of which were adapted into films.
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Song of the Silent Snow (1986) brought together fifteen stories whose writing spanned more than twenty years.
Last Exit to Brooklyn was made into a film by the German director Uli Edel, a film in which Selby himself made a cameo appearance. The novel remains 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, who 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 through 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 on April 26, 2004 of chronic pulmonary disease in Los Angeles. 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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