Robert Cormier, the award-winning author of young adult novels, died yesterday at the age of 33. Cormier’s family has not released a cause of death, but his brother said that Cormier had been in failing health for some time.
Cormier was best known for his novels The Chocolate War and I Am the Cheese, both of which were National Book Award nominees. His work frequently dealt with difficult subjects like bullying, abuse, and betrayal. Cormier was hailed as a master of adolescent literature, and his books are considered classics in the genre.
Cormier’s novel The chocolate war was turned into a movie in 1974, and I Am the Cheese was adapted for television in 1987.Robert Cormier was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1925. He was the second oldest of eight children. His father worked as a shoe salesman, and his mother was a homemaker.
Cormier dropped out of high school when he was 16 years old to help support his family during the Great Depression. He later finished his diploma through a correspondence course. He served in the Army during World War II and then attended Fitchburg State College on the G.I. Bill.
He became a journalist after college and worked for The Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise for nearly 40 years. It was during this time that he began writing fiction on the side. His first novel, Now and Then There Wasgiants, was published in 1964.
He is survived by his wife Connie; their three children; and six grandchildren.
Robert Cormier was a renowned author of young adult literature. He passed away yesterday at the age of 74, though a cause of death has not yet been released by his family. Cormier’s novels often dealt with difficult subjects, such as bullying, abuse, and betrayal. His work is consider classic in the genre adolescent literature. Cormai’s literary career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote nine novels. In addition to his writing accomplishments, Cormier also worked as a journalist for nearly 40 years. He is survived by his wife Connie; their three children; and six grandchildren..