Mario Puzo
Pseudonym: Mario Cleri

Mario Puzo was born in Manhattan, New York. During the Second World War, he served in the US Air Force in Asia and Germany. He studied at New School for Social Research, New York and at Columbia University. In 1946, he married Erika Broske. They had five children. He worked for twenty years as and administrative assistant in government offices in New York and overseas. From 1963, he worked as a freelance journalist and writer for various magazines. In 1978, his wife died. Puzo died from heart failure and was survived by his longtime companion, Carol Gino. He also wrote under the pseudonym 'Mario Cleri'.


Titles and year of publication:  

 1) The Dark Arena  1955
 2) The Fortunate Pilgrim  1965
 3) The Godfather  1969
 4) Fools Die  1978
 5) The Sicilian  1984
 6) The Fourth K  1991
 7) The Last Don  1996
 8) Omerta  2000
 9) The Family (completed by Carol Gino)  2001
As 'Mario Cleri'
 1) Six Graves to Munich  1967