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Robert Cormier It takes an act of faith to live today -Robert Cormier This was the attitude that Robert Cormier had when he was writing He believed that people were living in terrifying times that would leave individuals powerless and fending for themselves Stines 107 Robert Cormier felt that the children of today needed to be exposed to reality and not to fiction In all of his writings Cormier used realistic story lines that often left critics objecting to his writings He frequently drew on experiences from his own childhood and that of his son to make his stories more realisticBorn as the son of Lucien and Irma Cormier on January 17 1925 in Leominster Massachusetts Cormier often used his own life experiences to help him with his writings Bryfonski 133 As a child Cormier attended a strict Catholic school Cormier found the experiences there not very positive Some of the teachers he had were not very nice He found the nuns rather hard to deal with and he felt that his abilities were not well recognized You know I think our lives are driven by guilt With me it all goes back to the nuns - making us feel so darn guilty about everything Campbell However it was when one of his teachers read a story he wrote and told him he had a natural talent he decided to pursue writing Stiens 111 In spite of his negative school experiences he continued to be a practicing Catholic and his own children attended Catholic school Writing as a journalist in 1948 for the Fitchburg Sentinel was Cormiers first job in writing Later Cormier began working at a radio station where he delivered news broadcasts Cormier also worked as a reporter for several local newspapers Cormier used his own life experiences to develop his writings His fathers death from cancer was the prompt for his first novel Now and at the Hour Bryfonski 133
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