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BYRNE, Robert

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BYRNE, Robert. (Dubuque, IA, May 22, 1930- ). Author. Byrne has written or compiled 23 books, including seven novels, two of which were set in Dubuque: Memories of a Non-Jewish Childhood (1970), titled Once a Catholic in paperback, and Always a Catholic (1981). The former was made into a musical by David Resnick in 2005 and staged by The Grand Opera House, and an audio book by Paul HEMMER, read by Byrne. After forty years in California as a magazine editor, Byrne returned to Dubuque with his wife Cynthia, an artist, in 1995. He has written a monthly column for the Telegraph Herald since 2000.