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Robert Cormier (1925–2000)

Autor(a) de The Chocolate War

27+ Works 13,102 Membros 429 Reviews 36 Favorited

About the Author

Robert Cormier began writing novels for adults, but established his reputation as an author of books for young adults, earning critical acclaim with three books, each of which were named New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year: The Chocolate War (1974), I Am the Cheese (1977), and After the mostrar mais First Dark (1979). Cormier was born on January 17, 1925, in Leominster, Mass., where his eighth-grade teacher first discovered his ability to write. Cormier worked as a commercial writer at WTAG-Radio in Worcester, Mass. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist at the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and at the Fitchburg Sentinel. Cormier received the Best Human Interest Story of the Year Award from the Associated Press of New England in 1959 and 1973. He also earned the Best Newspaper Column Award from K.R. Thomson Newspapers, Inc., in 1974. Cormier, who is sometimes inspired by news stories or family events, is known for having serious themes in his work, such as manipulation, abuse of authority, and the ordinariness of evil. These themes are also evident in many of his more than 15 books. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War (1974) 4,963 cópias
I Am the Cheese (1977) — Autor — 2,406 cópias
Beyond the Chocolate War (1985) 791 cópias
After the First Death (1979) 713 cópias
Fade (1988) 679 cópias
The Rag and Bone Shop (2001) 585 cópias
Tenderness (1997) 431 cópias
We All Fall Down (1991) 427 cópias
Tunes for Bears to Dance To (1992) 399 cópias
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1983) 363 cópias
Heroes (1998) 323 cópias
In the Middle of the Night (1995) 279 cópias
Other Bells for Us to Ring (1990) 214 cópias
8 Plus 1 (1900) 201 cópias
Frenchtown Summer (1999) 183 cópias

Associated Works

America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories (1993) — Contribuinte — 228 cópias
The Chocolate War [1988 film] (2007) — Original book — 11 cópias
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
The Short Story & You (1987) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
The Art of Life: An Anthology of Literature about Life and Work (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Cormier, Robert
Nome de batismo
Cormier, Robert Edmund
Outros nomes
John Fitch IV
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Saint Cecilia's Cemetery, Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Local de nascimento
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Local de falecimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Fitchburg State College
newspaper reporter
Margaret A. Edwards Award (1991)
Marilyn Marlow




A YA novel published in 1974. Highly praised, and equally controversial, the story involves a "secret" society known as The Vigils (which everyone knows about) in a Catholic high school where "leadership" translates to manipulation, humiliation and exploitation. Both students and faculty are motivated entirely by self-interest, and neither Christianity nor good ol' fashioned morality are evident anywhere. Youthful hi-jinks have a cruel edge, and the Vigils encourage their de facto leader, Archie, in his sadistic assignments which amount to continual hazing. An annual school-wide fundraiser takes on serious significance when Brother Leon announces that thisyear the price of a box of chocolates will be twice what it was in the past, AND the goal for the sale is to move 20,000 boxes, which is also a doubling of the previous goal. Brother Leon solicits Archie's help in bringing the Vigils on board with this daunting undertaking, so naturally Archie decides to "assign" one of freshmen to refuse to participate in the sale. All hell breaks loose when Jerry decides to continue his refusal past the one-week assignment.

This is a profound exploration of issues basic to adolescent life. Herd mentality; peer pressure; personal integrity; identity; conformity; respect for vs. blind acceptance of vs. rebellion against authority; sexual expression/fantasies/repression; bullying...no wonder there have been so many attempts to ban it. It's about REALITY, for cryin' out loud. Kids shouldn't be exposed to that. They can't handle reading about the kind of stuff so many of them deal with on a daily basis. My only quibble with this story is that there are NO responsible, caring adults in it. I think I understand the author's decision (and it must have been intentional) to leave them out. The school is a closed society, even though the boys go home at the end of the day; what happens at Trinity stays at Trinity. It's obvious that the boys are without sincere guidance at a critical point in their lives. (There are brief references to Jerry's Dad, who works nights, and whom Jerry doesn't want to worry, possibly included to explain the apparent overall lack of parental involvement in these kids' lives.)
A tough read, with an important message. Ironically, it might be most important for the adults who would ban it to get that message themselves.
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laytonwoman3rd | outras 196 resenhas | May 16, 2024 |
Basically, Lord of the Flies but at a Catholic school?
Sean191 | outras 196 resenhas | May 3, 2024 |
I HAVE WORDS TO SPEND: REFLECTIONS OF A SMALL-TOWN EDITOR (1991) caught my eye in A local thrift store a few years back mostly because of its author, Robert Cormier, who was a favorite of my younger son, who has, I think, read several of his books, mostly written for YA readers. THE CHOCOLATE WARS is perhaps his best known work. I also remember I AM THE CHEESE and FADE. I hadn't known Cormier was also a longtime newspaperman and editor, in Fitchburg and Leominster, two Massachusetts towns I remember from my time in Army training at nearby Fort Devens more than sixty years ago. I enjoyed his columns tremendously, and was reminded of Andy Rooney and Russell Baker, a couple other journalist-writers I've long admired. Cormier writes of mundane things like quitting smoking, Las Vegas gambling, air travel, boxing (Joe Louis), revisiting the house where he was born, and more. But he is most moving when he writes about his family - his mother's hands (always busy), his role as father of the bride, and groom, and especially about his much loved youngest child, a girl born when he and his wife were in their forties. He explains that she was not a "late baby," but that she was born "just in time."

Robert Cormier died in 2000, at 75, but his YA books are still very popular, and are even challenged as unsuitable by all the self-styled would-be censors so prevalent among th Know-Nothing party today. As for these columns so lovingly collected by his wife? I loved them. Long out of print now, of course, but if you can find a copy, I recommend them very highly.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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TimBazzett | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 28, 2024 |
I love the writing style- the analogies are top notch, and the conversations are well-written. However, I didn't like how often it shifted perspective. It was hard to follow which section was about which character; sometimes it would shift perspective mid chapter. Other than that, I enjoyed this book.

Read for college YA lit class
Dances_with_Words | outras 196 resenhas | Jan 6, 2024 |



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