Biographies

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo, Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells who led a crusade against lynching during the early 20th century, holds a portrait of Wells in her home in Chicago's South Side. Duster’s biography of the pioneering African-American journalist and activist, “Ida B. the Queen” will come out next February. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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May 14, 2020 - 9:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells is writing a biography of the pioneering African-American journalist and activist. One Signal Publishers announced Thursday that Michelle Duster's “Ida B. the Queen” will come out next February. Duster will collaborate on the book with...
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FILE - In this May 1985 file photo, American artist Andrew Wyeth poses with his wife Betsy at an unknown location in front of his paintings "The Patriot," left, and "Maga's Daughter" for which Betsy was the model. Betsy James Wyeth, the widow, business manager and muse of painter Andrew Wyeth, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at age 98, according to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pa., which she helped found. (AP Photo, File)
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April 22, 2020 - 8:39 pm
CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) — Betsy James Wyeth, the widow, business manager and muse of painter Andrew Wyeth, died Tuesday at age 98, according to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, which she helped found. She was a guiding force throughout her husband’s career, documenting...
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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)
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April 08, 2020 - 9:02 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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March 18, 2020 - 7:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Kotlowitz's “An American Summer,” an intimate chronicle of gun violence in Chicago, has won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Kerri K. Greenidge's “Black Radical,” a biography of civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter, received an award for history. Both the Lukas prize...
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December 02, 2019 - 8:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who specialized in best-selling and critically praised biographies of the Russian tsars and discovered a personal connection to the country’s past through the blood disorder that afflicted both his son and the son of Nicholas II...
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November 20, 2019 - 4:18 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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November 19, 2019 - 5:15 pm
LONDON (AP) — A book that seeks to restore the humanity of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper has won Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award. Historian Hallie Rubenhold was awarded the 50,000-pound ($65,000) Baillie Gifford Prize on Tuesday for “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women...
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October 16, 2019 - 8:22 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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People wait near the front of a line hundreds of people long for government distributed food and school supplies to some residents of the Cite Soleil slum, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The administration of President Jovenel Moise tried to alleviate Haiti’s economic crunch on Thursday by distributing plates of rice and beans, sacks of rice, and school backpacks filled with four notebooks and two pens. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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October 03, 2019 - 4:25 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Marcel Cineus scanned the crowd for hints of a potential customer as people bustled past his wooden stall filled with hundreds of textbooks in the hills of Port-au-Prince. School was supposed to start in early September, and Cineus by now would have sold a couple...
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September 13, 2019 - 8:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Edward Smith, a prize-winning historian known for his books on Franklin Roosevelt and Ulysses Grant, has died. He was 86. Simon & Schuster confirmed his death Friday but did not immediately have further details. A longtime professor at the University of Toronto, Smith wrote...
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