20 Facts About Andre Dubus


Andre Jules Dubus II was an American short story writer and essayist.


Andre Dubus's surname is pronounced "Duh-BYOOSE", with the accent falling on the second syllable, as in "profuse".


Andre Dubus graduated from nearby McNeese State College in 1958 as a journalism and English major.


Andre Dubus then spent six years in the Marine Corps, eventually rising to the rank of captain.


The family then moved to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where Andre Dubus would spend the bulk of his academic career teaching literature and creative writing at Bradford College.


Andre Dubus was seriously injured in a car accident on the night of July 23,1986.


Luis was killed instantly; Luz survived because Andre Dubus had pushed her out of the way.

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Andre Dubus was critically injured and both his legs were crushed.


Andre Dubus spent three years undergoing a series of painful operations and extensive physical therapy.


Andre Dubus spent his later years in Haverhill, until his death from a heart attack in 1999, age 62.


Andre Dubus is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, near his home in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


Andre Dubus was married three times and fathered six children.


Andre Dubus's son Andre Dubus III is an author; his most noted book is the novel House of Sand and Fog, which was both a finalist for the National Book Award and the basis for an Academy Award-nominated film of the same title.


In 2011, Andre Dubus III published a memoir of his life, Townie, which tells of growing up in Haverhill and deals extensively with his relationship with his father and the impoverished conditions faced by his mother and siblings after Dubus left the family for a student.


Xavier Review Press has published several scholarly titles on Andre Dubus, including a special issue of Xavier Review on both Andre Dubus and his son.


In 2001, the press released Andre Dubus: Tributes edited by Donald Anderson, and in 2003 Leap of the Heart: Andre Dubus Talking edited by Ross Gresham.


When larger book publishers approached him with more lucrative deals, Dubus stayed with Godine, switching only to Alfred A Knopf towards the end of his career to assist with medical bills.


Andre Dubus's papers are archived at McNeese State University and Xavier University in Louisiana and at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin.


In 2017, work began at David R Godine, Publishers to gather together all of the fiction Dubus released with his longtime and loyal publisher between the mid-1970s and late 1980s.


The project was a thorough re-launch of the master's work: for the first time since Andre Dubus's stories were originally published by Godine, all of the interior pages were re-set and re-designed; all new cover photographs were commissioned from Greta Rybus; the paperback originals were given handsome French flaps; and new, original introductions by Ann Beattie, Richard Russo, and Tobias Wolff were commissioned.