What's new: June 2019

June 27, 2019

This update features fifteen new biographies of writers and editors. Highlights include Cuban-American novelist Oscar Hijuelos; food writer Clementine Paddleford; E. L. Doctorow, the author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate; Grace Paley, who was best known for her short stories; Ebony founders John Johnson and Eunice Johnson; and children’s author Charlotte Zolotow.

Bracken, Peg (25 Feb. 1918–20 Oct. 2007), humorist, book author, and food writer

Bubley, Esther Fern (16 Feb. 1921–16 Mar. 1998), photojournalist

Cruse, Harold Wright (8 Mar. 1916–25 Mar. 2005), radical writer and intellectual

Doctorow, E. L. (6 Jan. 1931–21 July 2015), novelist, short story writer, and essayist

Hijuelos, Oscar Jerome (24 Aug. 1951–12 Oct. 2013), writer

Johnson, Eunice W. (4 Apr. 1916–3 Jan. 2010), fashion show producer and director

Johnson, John H. (19 Jan. 1918–8 Aug. 2005), businessman, magazine and book publisher

Laurents, Arthur (14 July 1917–5 May 2011), playwright, screenwriter, and director

McCall, Mary C., Jr. (4 Apr. 1904–3 Apr. 1986), screenwriter, labor activist, and novelist and short story writer

Meloney, Marie Mattingly (8 Dec. 1878–23 June 1943), editor, journalist, and public relations pioneer

Paddleford, Clementine (27 Sept. 1898–13 Nov. 1967), food journalist

Paley, Grace (11 Dec. 1922–22 Aug. 2007), short story writer, poet, antiwar activist, and feminist

Styron, William Clark, Jr. (11 June 1925–1 Nov. 2006), writer

Vann, Robert Lee (29 Aug. 1879–24 Oct. 1940), African American newspaper publisher, editor, and civil rights leader

Zolotow, Charlotte (26 June 1915–19 Nov. 2013), author and children’s book editor

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