Harold Brodkey

Biography of Harold Brodkey

Harold Brodkey, born Aaron Roy Weintraub (October 25, 1930 born in Staunton, Illinois – January 26, 1996 Manhattan) was an American writer, and novelist.

Brodkey was raised in University City, Missouri outside St. Louis. After graduating from Harvard University in 1952, Brodkey began his writing career by contributing short stories to The New Yorker and other magazines. His stories have won him two first-place O. Henry Awards. In 1993 Brodkey announced in The New Yorker that he had contracted AIDS. He later wrote This Wild Darkness about his battle with the disease. At the time of his death in 1996, he was living in New York City with his wife, novelist Ellen Brodkey (née Ellen Schwamm).

Brodkey is most famous for his long-awaited novel A Party of Animals, which was eventually published (perhaps only in part) as The Runaway Soul (1991).

He died of complication of AIDS.

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