Dennis Lehane Biography


Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a tough Irish Catholic working-class neighborhood of Boston. He graduated from a Catholic high school in Boston and, after two years at two different Boston-area colleges, attended Eckerd College in Florida, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1988. While at Eckerd, he considered himself a writer of gloomy short stories but tossed off a draft of a novel in three weeks “to entertain myself,” as he puts it.

Lehane then took on a variety of jobs—counselor for handicapped and abused children, limousine driver, and truck loader. During this period, A Drink Before the War was published, a heavily revised version of that first novel dashed off at Eckerd. While attending Florida International University on a fellowship, he produced a draft of what would become Mystic River as his master’s thesis. After graduating in 2001 with a master of fine arts degree, he returned to Boston, continuing to work at jobs he did not have to take home with him, leaving time for writing, his true passion.


(Literary Newsmakers for Students)

Dennis Lehane, the youngest son of Irish immigrants, was born August 4, 1965, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a working-class neighborhood of...

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