1903 – He was born this year in Summit, New Jersey, USA. His father skipped out on the family when he was 10 and the boy completed his elementary education in Newark, NY then began college at Syracuse University but abruptly quit.
1920 – He found himself working at bookstores, editing weekly newspapers and taking various jobs in repertory theaters.
1927 – He contracted tuberculosis in this year, and while recovering in a Pennsylvania sanitarium, read Thomas Mann’s "The Magic Mountain" and decided to move to Europe. He spent a year in Switzerland and on the French Riviera drinking heavily and in poor health.
1944 – He wrote his most famous novel "The Lost Weekend" this year.
1967 – He continued to write sporadically over the next 24 years, publishing his final novel, "A Second Hand Life" in this year.
1968 – He died of suicide on the 21st day of September this year in New York, New York, USA.