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Jon Hassler (1933–2008)

Author of Staggerford

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Author Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 30, 1933. He received his bachelor's degree from St. John's University in 1955 before going on to the University of North Dakota for his master's degree. After graduating from college, he taught high school English for the next 10 years. In 1970, while teaching at Brainerd Community College, he became interested in writing fictional stories. Hassler's first novel, Staggerford, a story of a small-town school teacher, was chosen Novel of the Year in 1978 by the Friends of American Writers. In 1987, Hassler's fifth novel, Grand Opening, a tale told from the point of view of a twelve-year-old boy living in the corrupt town of Plainview, Minnesota, won the Best Fiction Award, given by the Society of Midland Authors. Granted honorary Doctor of Letters degrees by Assumption College, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Notre Dame, he has also received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He died, after years of suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, on March 20, 2008. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Staggerford 426 copies, 9 reviews
A Green Journey 236 copies, 5 reviews
North of Hope 233 copies, 4 reviews
Grand Opening 220 copies, 4 reviews
Dear James 207 copies, 3 reviews
Rookery Blues 181 copies, 5 reviews
Simon's Night 152 copies, 3 reviews
The Love Hunter 131 copies, 3 reviews
Dean's List 123 copies, 4 reviews
The Staggerford Flood 123 copies, 3 reviews
The New Woman 89 copies, 1 review
Four Miles to Pinecone 64 copies, 2 reviews
Jemmy 43 copies, 1 review
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