Biographies

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. filer, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends a Mass prior to the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 03, 2020 - 3:53 am
BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday. The daily Passauer Neue Presse quoted Peter Seewald, a biographer of the retired pontiff, as saying that the 93-...
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This mage released by W.W. Norton shows "Philip Roth: The Biography" by Blake Bailey, expected next April. (W.W. Norton via AP)
July 30, 2020 - 7:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In the Fall 2012, as the willing subject of one of the most anticipated literary biographies in recent memory, Philip Roth joked that he had surrendered power over his own life to author Blake Bailey. “I trust you have been getting all the windy emails I’ve been sending you,” Roth...
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This cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump" by Mary Jordan. Jordan’s unauthorized biography of first lady Melania Trump comes out June 16. (Simon & Schuster via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 8:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post has written an unauthorized biography of first lady Melania Trump. Mary Jordan's “The Art of Her Deal,” which draws upon more than 100 interviews, comes out June 16. "The picture is one of a woman who is savvy, steely,...
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November 20, 2019 - 3:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walter J. Minton, a publishing scion and risk taker with a self-described "nasty streak" who as head of G.P. Putnam's Sons released works by Norman Mailer and Terry Southern among others and signed up Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous "Lolita," has died at age 96. Minton’s wife, Marion...
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October 16, 2019 - 7:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural...
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August 19, 2019 - 1:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Orange's novel "There There" and Jeffrey C. Stewart's biography of Harlem Renaissance thinker Alain Locke are among this year's winners of American Book Awards, given for works that highlight the diversity of the country's literature. The awards were announced Monday by the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2009 file photo, Italian author Andrea Camilleri makes his point during a demonstration against the Vatican's influence on the ongoing right-to-die debate, in Rome. Italian writer Andrea Camilleri, known for his popular novels and TV series centered on the much-loved inspector Salvo Montalbano, died in Rome Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at age 93. Camilleri was Italy’s most successful writer, but until he was nearly 70 he had been a virtually unknown author of a handful of historical novels set in his native Sicily. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
July 17, 2019 - 7:31 am
ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italy's RAI state TV, which produced...
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June 17, 2019 - 11:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Brinkley, an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century and was a popular commentator on culture and politics, has died at age 70. Brinkley died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Daughter Elly Brinkley says he...
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FILE - In a Feb. 5, 2003 file photo, Pulitzer Prize winner and keynote speaker Edmund Morris speaks, during the centennial gala for the Salt River Project at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Noted presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan in 1999, died Friday, May 25, 2019 in a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut a day after suffering a stroke. He was 78. His wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, confirmed his death to The Associated Press Monday. (Brad Armstrong/East Valley Tribune via AP, File)
May 27, 2019 - 5:54 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 78. Morris died Friday in a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, a day after suffering a stroke, his wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, told The Associated Press on...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007...
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