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Robbins, Harold



Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins
(1916-1997)


Harold Robbins, born Harold Rubin in New York City during the Fist World War, Robbins claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys' home, whereas in reality he was the son of well-educated Russian- and Polish-Jewish immigrants. He dropped out of high school in his teens, eventually publishing his first novel, Never Love a Stranger, in 1948.

In the summer of 1989, Robbins sued Kathy Acker for breach of copyright in reproducing pages of The Pirate (1974) in her recently republished novel The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec. (Robbins himself had earlier been threatened with a lawsuit by a ‘Miss X,’ who believed that The Pirate’s promiscuous protagonist, Jordana, was modelled on her). Her publisher forced her to write a public apology, an event recorded in her essay ‘History of the Ban: Dead Doll.'


Select Bibliography:


  1. Never Love a Stranger (1948)

  2. The Dream Merchants (1949)

  3. A Stone for Danny Fisher (1952)

  4. Never Leave Me (1953)

  5. 79 Park Avenue (1955)

  6. Stiletto (1960)

  7. The Carpetbaggers (1961)

  8. Where Love Has Gone (1962)

  9. The Adventurers (1966)

  10. The Inheritors (1969)

  11. The Betsy (1971)

  12. The Pirate (1974)

  13. The Lonely Lady (1976)

  14. Dreams Die First (1977)

  15. Memories of Another Day (1979)

  16. Goodbye, Janette (1981)

  17. The Storyteller (1982)

  18. Spellbinder (1982)

  19. Descent from Xanadu (1984)

  20. The Piranhas (1986)

  21. The Raiders (1995)

  22. The Stallion (1996)

  23. Tycoon (1997)

  24. Posthumous:

  25. The Predators (1998)

  26. The Secret (2000)

  27. Never Enough (2001)

  28. Sin City (2002)

  29. Heat of Passion (2003)

  30. [with Junius Podrug]: The Betrayers (2004)

  31. [with Junius Podrug]: Blood Royal (2005)

  32. [with Junius Podrug]: The Devil to Pay (2006)

  33. [with Junius Podrug]: The Looters, Madison Dupree No. 1 (2007)

  34. [with Junius Podrug]: The Deceivers, Madison Dupree No. 2 (2008)

  35. [with Junius Podrug]: The Shroud, Madison Dupree No. 3 (2009)

  36. [with Junius Podrug]: The Curse, Madison Dupree No. 4 (2011)


Homepages & Online Information:

Wikipedia entry




Harold Robbins: The Pirate (1974)


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