Ireland House Oral History Collection

Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill


October 22, 2009

2 hours, 40 minutes, 37 seconds

Preferred Citation:

Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University

Biographical Note:

Pete Hamill (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1935) is a novelist, columnist, and New York Times bestselling author. The son of Irish immigrants from Belfast, His first job was working as a newspaper delivery boy in Brooklyn, and he read newspapers and books voraciously from an early age. He exhibited a talent for drawing as a boy, and his original ambition was to be a cartoonist. After serving in the Navy during the Korean war, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He switched to writing while studying art at Mexico City College on the G.I. Bill in the 1960s. Hamill started working as a reporter at the New York Post in 1959, and has written columns and articles for numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Village Voice. He lives in Manhattan.