CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2003 |
Leon Uris, a high school dropout who found huge commercial success as the author of panoramic novels that made history his main character, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home on New York's Shelter Island. He was 78. His first blockbuster and best-known work was the 1958 novel "Exodus," which told the story of the birth of the modern nation of Israel. It was translated into more than two dozen languages and was made into a 1960 movie starring Paul Newman.