Harold Robbins

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Harold Robbins
Harold Rubin
BirthplaceNew York City

Robbins, Harold (b. Francis Kane)

(1916–  ) writer; born in New York City. Abandoned as an infant, he was adopted in 1927 and took the name of Harold Rubin. (When he began his writing career, he legally changed his name to Harold Robbins.) He studied at a high school in New York City, then held a variety of jobs, such as clerk, cashier, and bookies' runner (1927–31). He made a fortune in the food distribution business (1930s) and lost it speculating. He worked as a warehouse clerk for Universal Pictures in New York (1940–41) but soon became a director of budget and planning there (1942–57). He then took up writing and produced a series of best-sellers, mostly violent and sexually charged adventure novels such as The Carpetbaggers (1961). In later years he lived in Cannes, France.
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Crime thriller based on the book by Harold Robbins, chronicling 20 years in the life of a New York gang boss who holds the Big Apple in his thrall.
The bargains start before you even enter the store, with a circular rack of paperbacks for 25 cents each and shelves of hardback books for 94 cents with authors such as John Grisham, Harold Robbins, Irving Wallace, Gore Vidal and more.
99), a reprint of the bestselling Harold Robbins novel set in New York first published in 1955.
When I was growing up, Harold Robbins, author of steamy million-sellers such as The Carpetbaggers, was as big as J K Rowling or John Grisham is today.
ANOTHER reissued series with beach bag readers in mind is this Harold Robbins trio (The Pirate and The Betsy are also out again, under the same imprint).
Harold Robbins, an orphan who became a millionaire at 20 then lost it all before becoming the author of steamy novels including ``The Carpetbaggers'' and ``Never Love a Stranger,'' died Tuesday.