A twentieth-century American writer, he is most widely known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel, Birdy, which became an Alan Parker-directed film. His additional works include Father, A Midnight Crystal clear, and Lost Enthusiasts. He fought in Globe Battle II and was wounded through the Battle from the Bulge. He later on studied psychology in the University or college of California-Los Angeles. His popular debut book, Birdy, released when he is at his fifties, received the U.S. Country wide Book Honor. He was raised inside a working-class Catholic family members in Philadelphia, Pa. He wedded Rosemary Henry in 1955. His book, Birdy, was converted to a film starring Nicolas Cage.