This history helped shape much of his writing, especially his novel The Great Santini, which describes his dad as violent and dominant. He’s famous for his work The Prince of Tides,that has been made into an Oscar-nominated movie in 1991, featuring Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand.
The very first of seven children born into a military family, Pat Conroy was the casualty of his dad’s violence and maltreatment from a young age. The family moved continuously during his youth, also it was while attending Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina that Conroy composed and printed his first novel, The Boo, about a well liked teacher.
Conroy became a teacher himself after graduation, taking work in a one-room schoolhouse. The racism and deplorable conditions himself witnessed became the topic of his next work, 1972’s The Water is Wide. The memoir earned wide critical praise and was eventually made in the 1974 movie Conrack,starring Jon Voight, and a 2006 film that used the first publication name. Conroy’s following novel, the 1976 novelThe Great Santini, delved farther into Conroy’s past and analyzed the combination of love, rage and treachery he felt toward his dad. Turned into a 1979 movie as well starring Robert Duvalland Blythe Danner, the novel was widely acclaimed but came with great private tumult, which contained Conroy’s own divorce and that of his parents along with rage from a lot of his relatives.
The novel was made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte, who also earned a nomination because of his performance. Other bestsellers followed, including 1995’s Beach Music as well as the 2003 memoir My Losing Season. In 2013, Conroy released the nonfiction work The Passing of Santini: The Narrative of a Father and His Son. Himself lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina, with his present wife, writer Cassandra King.