Mario Puzo was born October 15, 1920, in "Hell's Kitchen" on Manhattan's (NY) West Side and, following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His best-known novel, The Godfather, was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim. In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian (1984) and The Fourth K (1991). Mario Puzo has also written several screenplays, including Earthquake, Superman, and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards®. Mario's latest novel, 1996's The Last Don, was made into a CBS television miniseries in May 1997, starring Danny Aiello, Kirsty Ally and Joe Montegna. In 1997, Part II was aired. Also in 1997, Mario's The Fortunate Pilgrim was re-released by Random House.

Mario passed away July 2, 1999, at his home in Bay Shore, Long Island. His novel
Omerta was released a year later. He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Carol Gino, and five children. In the Fall of 2001, his final novel, The Family, was published (completed by Carol Gino).

THE GODFATHER SERIES

Mario Puzo has here created an extraordinary novel; it pulsates with dramatic and evil incident, brute rage, and the naked terror of an infamous underworld. Puzo takes us inside the violence-infested society of the Mafia and its gang wars. He shows us its trials by gunfire and torture and the nature of Mafia friendship. The Godfather is essentially the story of a man and his power, and it is a reading experience one is not likely to forget.

The Godfather is Mafia leader Vito Corleone, benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power.

The Godfather is a friendly man, a "reasonable" man, a just man -- and the deadliest gang leader in the Cosa Nostra.

The Godfather's command post is a fortress on Long Island, from which he presides over a vast underground empire that encompasses the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. Tyrant, blackmailer, murderer -- he gives his friendship (no man dares refuse it), rights wrongs (even murder is not too great a price for "justice"). His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

Mario Puzo introduces us to an extraordinary gallery of men and women and re-creates the feudal world of the Mafiosi. The elements of this world explode electrically to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle. It is a spellbinding story, written with authentic knowledge of this particular milieu and with the hand of a master storyteller.

THE SICILIAN


Michael Corleone stands on the dock at Palermo. His two-year exile in Sicily is over, but the Godfather has charged him with a mission: do not return to America until he can bring with him the man named Salvatore Guilano.

Giuliano -- a legend, the bandit ruler of Western Sicily, a vicious leader fighting for his peasant countrymen against the corrupt government of Rome. But Guiliano's deadliest battle is not with the police or the armies of Rome, but with Don Croce malo, the ruthless Capo di Capi of the Mafia. By challenging the Don's iron-clad control, Guiliano sets in motion a feverish war in which the loser must surely die.

Enter Michael Corleone, at sea amid a flood of treachery, passion, and deceit. The secret is that he soon discovers promises greater success than Michael hoped for -- and the cruelest threat he has ever faced.

Once again, Mario Puzo has created a masterful story of evil on an epic scale, mesmerizing us with the terrible magic of the Mafia.

OMERTA


Mario Puzo spent the last three years of his life writing Omerta, the concluding installment in his saga about power and morality in America.

Omerta: a Sicilian code of honor which forbids informing about crimes thought to be the affairs of the persons involved --World Book Dictionary.

THE FAMILY

ReganBooks is proud to publish The Family (October 2, 2001, $27.00), Mario Puzo's triumphant epic novel. A majestic retelling of the story of the Borgias-the infamous family whose influence transformed Renaissance Italy-the novel was a consuming labor of love for Puzo through the last two decades of his life. The result is an unforgettable portrait of Italy's first great crime family-and a grand conclusion to one of the greatest writing careers of our time.

THE FAMILY brings the lawless world of 15th-century Rome to vivid life, revealing the secrets of the Vatican just as Mario Puzo once laid bare the mysteries of the Mafia. This extraordinary epic revolves around Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, a larger than life hero propelled by a myriad of passions-power, faith, luxury, women, and an all-powerful love of family. While his blessings are sought by kings and peasants alike, enemies from within and abroad plot his demise. As Alexander strives to restore glory to the Catholic Church and unify the city-states of Italy, he also seeks to direct the lives of his beloved children. But for all Alexander's love and might, he cannot reverse the legacy of sin that is revisited upon his children.

Alexander's son, the passionate Cesare, is torn between his father's wish that he serve the Church, and his own desire to be a warrior. The story of Cesare's rise and fall is a cautionary tale of obsession and arrogance, a story at once mythic and viscerally suspenseful. He and his sister, Alexander's beautiful and sensitive daughter Lucrezia, are jointly cursed by an unthinkable secret, served unto them by their father. And the violent fate of Alexander's heartless son Juan is eventually echoed by the deadly vengeance of the Pope's neglected son Jofre. Torn between familial love and their own irresistible motivations, the Borgias are by turns each other's most steadfast saviors-and each other's greatest threat.

At the time of his death in 1999, though he had reached the end of the story-including writing the epilogue-Puzo had left several chapters unfinished. Working directly from his detailed notes and outline, his longtime companion, novelist Carol Gino, completed the work soon thereafter. "Mario was fascinated with Renaissance Italy, and especially with the Borgia family," Gino writes in her Afterword to the book. "He swore that they were the original crime family, and that their adventures were much more treacherous than any of the stories he told about the Mafia. He believed the Popes were the first Dons-Pope Alexander the greatest Don of all."

An unforgettable saga of grand scope and dark intrigue, THE FAMILY is the crowning achievement of one of the most gifted storytellers of our time.

THE FORTUNATE PILGRIM

From the barren farms of Italy to the cramped tenements of New York, the immigrant families struggle with an adopted life -- none more so than the Angeluzzi-Corbos. At their head stands Lucia Santa, wife, widow and mother of two families. It is her formidable will that steers them through the Depression and the early years of war. But she cannot prevent the conflict between Italian and American values -- nor the violence and bloodshed which must surely follow....

This year [1997] marks the 25th anniversary of the movie version of Mario Puzo's bestselling novel of all time, The Godfather. Before that book, however, Puzo wrote The Fortunate Pilgrim, which is, in many ways, the Ur-Godfather.

Chronicling the life of Italian immigrants in Depression-era New York, The Fortunate Pilgrim was published to rave reviews in 1965: The New York Times called it "a classic," and last year New York magazine said it "could have put Puzo on track to be the Italian Malamud or Henry Roth."

The Fortunate Pilgrim is the real birthplace of the Godfather. As Puzo says, the book's hero, Lucia Santa, is based on his own mother. And as he wrote what was to become the world's bestselling novel, "whenever the Godfather opened his mouth, in my own mind I heard the voice of my mother. I heard her wisdom, her ruthlessness, and her unconquerable love for her family and for life itself.... The Don's courage and loyalty came from her; his humanity came from her... and so, I know now, without Lucia Santa, I could not have written The Godfather."

THE LAST DON

To the Clericuzio family, life is like a box of hand grenades. Mario Puzo is back with a vengeance in his first Mafia novel since The Godfather, a thrilling saga of the last great American crime family and its reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas.


Twenty-seven years ago, Mario Puzo created a popular classic with the publication of The Godfather. Now, after writing bestselling novels about Las Vegas, Sicily, and Washington, Puzo has at last returned to the subject he knows best--the inner workings of an American crime family. The Last Don is the most ambitious novel of Puzo's legendary career, the product of five years of work and a lifetime of research into the mores of the mob, Vegas, and Hollywood.

The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a ferocious old man who is determined to secure his family's future in an era of legalized gambling, motion-picture investments, and the threat of government informers. The don is close to achieving his vision when secrets buried in his family's past threaten to undermine his plan and spark a war between two blood cousins.

Only an Academy Award® winner with an insider's knowledge of Hollywood could write such a sizzling account of the movie business.

Only a writer who understands the hearts of thieves could describe mafia life with such authenticity. The Last Don proves once again that Mario Puzo knows where the bodies are buried.

 

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