Death of Chaim Potok

February 17, 1929 - July 23, 2002
Merion, Pennsylvania | Age 73

'Chosen' Author dies at 73
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Chaim Potok's literary aspirations weren't always encouraged. Teachers at his Jewish parochial school were cool to the idea and his mother wasn't thrilled at a son who wanted to be a writer.

"You want to write stories, darling?'' he once recalled her telling him. "That's very nice. You'll be a brain surgeon. On the side you'll write stories.''

Even so, stories turned out to be Potok's main occupation. After becoming a rabbi, he wrote "The Chosen'' and other best-selling...

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