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Pat Conroy (born October 26, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a New York Times bestselling author who has written such acclaimed works as The Lords of Discipline, Beach Music, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide, The Boo, My Losing Season, and The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life. Conroy's stories have been heavily influenced by his upbringing and by tragedies in his family over the years. His father, Marine Colonel Donald Conroy, was a very violent and abusive man, and the pain of a youth growing up in this environment is evident in Conroy's novels, The Great Santini in particular. Conroy is a graduate of the Citadel, and his experiences there provided the setting, if not the plot, for The Lords of Discipline. October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... The Lords of Discipline (published 1980)is a novel by Pat Conroy. ... Pat Conroys novel of Jack McCall, a South Carolina native who flees the South with his daughter, Leah, after his wife commits suicide. ... WHO KNOWS. ... The Prince of Tides is a 1986 novel by Pat Conroy. ... The Water Is Wide is a 1972 nonfiction book by Pat Conroy based on his work as a teacher on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, which is called Yamacraw Island in the book. ...

After graduating from the Citadel, Conroy taught English in Beaufort, South Carolina, where he met and married a young woman with two children, a widow of the Vietnam War. He then accepted a job teaching children in a one-room schoolhouse on remote Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Beaufort is a city located in Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA and situated on the Beaufort River. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Daufuskie Island is a residential sea island between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. ...

Conroy was fired at the conclusion of his first year of teaching on the island for his unconventional teaching practices, including his refusal to use corporal punishment on students, and for his lack of respect for the school's administration.

Conroy wrote his book, The Water is Wide based on his experiences as a teacher. The book won Conroy a humanitarian award from the National Education Association and was made into a feature film, Conrack, starring Jon Voight in 1974. Hallmark produced a television version of the book in 2006. The Great Santini was made into a film of the same name in 1979, starring Robert Duvall. The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union in the United States, representing many of the countrys teachers along with other school personnel. ... Conrack can refer to: A glass or plastic jar-like vessel used for fermenting beer and wine. ... Jonathan Vincent Jon Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an American actor. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Hallmark Cards, a privately owned American company based in Kansas City, Missouri, is the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... WHO KNOWS. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ...

He was once recorded saying, "My mother, Southern to the bone, once told me, 'All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: "On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to sister."'"

He currently lives on Fripp Island, South Carolina. Fripp Island is a 3,200 acre (13 km²) island just off the South Carolina coast, located along the Atlantic Ocean about halfway between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35...

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New Georgia Encyclopedia: Pat Conroy (b. 1945) (1444 words)
In 1999 Conroy was presented with the inaugural Stanley W. Lindberg Award for significant contributions to the literary heritage of Georgia.
In Conroy's prefatory note it is identified more generally as "the military school as it has evolved in America." A staunch individualist like other Conroy heroes, McLean finds himself in fierce opposition to "The Ten," a conspiratorial group of fellow cadets appointed to enforce and perpetuate the institute's policy of intimidation, prejudice, and harassment.
Pat Conroy's novels are essentially "coming of age" or "initiation" stories in which the male protagonists undergo long and perilous quests in search of maturity and wholeness.
Barnes & Noble.com - Pat Conroy - Books: Meet the Writers (749 words)
Pat Conroy was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia, to a young career military officer from Chicago and a Southern beauty from Alabama, whom Pat often credits for his love of language.
After a year, Pat was fired for his unconventional teaching practices -- such as his unwillingness to allow corporal punishment of his students -- and for his general lack of respect for the school's administration.
Conroy evened the score when he exposed the racism and appalling conditions his students endured with the publication of The Water is Wide in 1972.
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