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Originally published in 1950, The Iron Hoop is a novel of the victors and the vanquished. Set in New York in a post-war occupation era, the Iron Hoop is a ruined part of the city occupied by refugees, deserters, criminals and victims.
Constantine Fitzbibbon (1919-1983)
Constantine Fitzgibbon, full name Robert Louis Constantine Lee-Dillon Fitzgibbon, was born in the US in 1919 and was a historian and novelist. His parents divorced when he was very young and he was raised and educated in France before moving to England. Fitzgibbon served in the British Army from 1939 to 1942, before transferring to the United States Army as a staff officer in military intelligence from 1942 to 1946. After that, he spent a short time working as a schoolmaster in Bermuda, whilst also working as an independent writer. It was here he wrote his first two novels.