Irwin Shaw was an American novelist and screenwriter. He was the author of The Young Lions which was later made into a film starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Cliff.

Shaw is also the author of Rich Man, Poor Man which was made into a miniseries starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, and Susan Blakely. He started screenwriting in 1035 at the age of just 21. His first produced screenplay was a sports film called The Big Game. Irwin enlisted for World War II and was assigned to George Stevens’ film unit. He made his debut as a novelist in 1948 with the release of The Young Lions. During his career, Shaw won two O. Henry Awards. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 71.

Publication Order of Rich Man, Poor Man Books

Rich Man, Poor Man (1969)Description / Buy at
Beggarman, Thief (1977)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Young Lions (1948)Description / Buy at
The Troubled Air (1951)Description / Buy at
Voices of a Summer Day (1951)Description / Buy at
Lucy Crown (1956)Description / Buy at
Two Weeks In Another Town (1960)Description / Buy at
Evening In Byzantium (1973)Description / Buy at
Nightwork (1975)Description / Buy at
The Top of the Hill (1979)Description / Buy at
Bread Upon the Waters (1981)Description / Buy at
Acceptable Losses (1982)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Plays

Publication Order of Collections

Sailor Off the Bremen and Other Stories (1939)Description / Buy at
Act of Faith and Other Stories (1946)Description / Buy at
Mixed Company (1950)Description / Buy at
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)Description / Buy at
Selected Short Stories of Irwin Shaw (1961)Description / Buy at
Love on a Dark Street (1965)Description / Buy at
Whispers In Bedlam (1972)Description / Buy at
God Was Here But He Left Early (1973)Description / Buy at
Short Stories (1978)Description / Buy at
Retreat (1988)Description / Buy at
Welcome to the city and other stories (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

In the Company of Dolphins (1964)Description / Buy at
Paris! Paris! (1977)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

50 Great Short Stories(1952)Description / Buy at
Short Story Masterpieces: 35 Classic American and British Stories from the First Half of the 20th Century(1954)Description / Buy at
Points of View(1956)Description / Buy at
This Was Your War(1960)Description / Buy at
50 Great American Short Stories(1963)Description / Buy at
Arena: Sports Science Fiction(1976)Description / Buy at
Ready or Not: Here Come Fourteen Frightening Stories!(1987)Description / Buy at
Great World War II Stories(1989)Description / Buy at
The Amis Story Anthology(1992)Description / Buy at
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at
Writing New York(1998)Description / Buy at
Wonderful Town(2000)Description / Buy at
Brooklyn Noir 2(2005)Description / Buy at

If You Like Irwin Shaw Books, You’ll Love…

The Young Lions follows the intertwined destinies of Christian Diestl, a Nazi sergeant; Noah Ackerman, a Jewish American infantryman; and Michael Whitacre, an urbanite from the New York theatrical world. Each man goes on his own journey in this sweeping narrative. Diestl goes from a dashing ski instructor to a savage Nazi. While Ackerman deals with anti-Semitism in boot camp before being apart of the liberating army that comes face to face with the horrible death camps. While Whitacre goes from cocktail parties to confronting the barbarism of war.

Rich Man, Poor Man is the saga of two brothers who are teens in the 1940s. They are too young to go to the war, but their life is marked by it still. There is nothing about them that suggest they will live great lives, but each member of the family will push against the grain of history as the world is devasted by conflict and, ultimately, transformed by American commerce and culture. The book takes readers through America between the Second World War and Vietnam.

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