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Pat Conroy

Donald Patrick "Pat" Conroy (1945-2016) was an American author of acclaimed novels and memoirs, two of which made it to #1 on New York Times bestsellers list: Beach Music and South of Broad . Four of his novels were made into major motion pictures: The Prince of Tides , The Great Santini , Conrack , and The Lords of Discipline . The novel on which the movie Conrack was based, The Water Is Wide , won an NEA Human and Civil Rights Award and an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.