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Mario Puzo 1920-1999 American novelist best-known for his Godfather saga The novel stayed on The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-seven weeks Puzos book had a deep impact on American society through its film adaptation and the saying about Ill make him an offer he cant refuse has became a clich Mario Puzo was born into an immigrant family in New York City in the area known as Hells Kitchen His father was a railway trackman Puzo lived with his six brothers and sisters above the railway yards During World War II Puzo served in the US Air Force stationed in East Asia and Germany He studied at New School for Social Research New York and at Columbia University Puzo then worked for 20 years as an administrative assistant in government offices in New York and overseas In 1946 he married Erika Lina Broske they had three sons and two daughters Puzos his first book Dark arena appeared in 1955 when he was 35 The novel dealt with the relationship between Mosca a soldier and Hella a German native and explored the problems created by the characters different backgrounds From 1963 Puzo worked as a free lancer journalist and writer In 1965 appeared Fortunate Pilgrim which followed one family of Italian immigrants from the late 1920s through World War II The plot centered around an Italian peasant womans perception of the American dream and juxtaposed her honest and determined progress with that of a corrupt climber Neither of Puzos first two books was a financial success though both received good reviews The themes of love crime family bondage and Old World values were further developed in Puzos novel Godfather 1969 his international breakthrough story about roots of mafia corruption violence and honor The central character Don Corleone is rebel-former of an influential crime syndicate His values are at once domestic and anti-social Puzo describes Don Corleones struggle among
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