'Warriors' novelist Sol Yurick dies at 87

sol-yurick-dies.jpg Sol Yurick, a novelist whose most well-known work is the 1965 book "The Warriors," has passed away at the age of 87. His daughter Susanna tells the New York Times it was due to complications of lung cancer.

Yurick was born in Manhattan in 1925. He received a degree in English from New York University and later a master's in English from Brooklyn College. Before gaining fame for "The Warriors," Yurick worked as an investigator for the New York City Department of Welfare.

He wrote in the introduction to a 2003 edition of "The Warriors," which recasts a Greek battle tale with warring New York gangs, "Some of the children of these [welfar] families were what was then called juvenile delinquents. Many of them belonged to fighting gangs. Some of these gangs numbered in the hundreds; they were veritable armies. This social phenomenon was viewed, on the one hand, as the invasion of the barbarians, only this time they came from the inside rather than from the outside."

"The Warriors" was turned into a movie in 1979, starring Michael Beck ("Xanadu") and James Remar ("Dexter," "Sex and the City"). It became something of a cult classic.

Yurick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Adrienne, his daughter Susanna and a grandson.
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