Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists

Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists

Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists

Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists

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The Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists provides concise professional biographical sketches of six hundred columnists--from the time men and women having this job description appeared on U.S. papers in the Civil War era to the present. Each entry contains the following items, if they could be ascertained: a heading consisting of the columnist's full name and dates of birth and death, below which appear a statement of the individual's principal accomplishments, the place of birth, the name under which the columnist has normally written, the columnist's education, a career summary, further information about the nature of the individual's column, a list of the earliest editions of all known books authored or edited by the columnist, and references, where good general references could be found. Abundant citations are available on the more well known columnists, but many of these writers have not been written about in spite of all they themselves have written. In some cases, the columnist's autobiography is the best available source; inasmuch as autobiographies appear under the BOOKS rubric, they are not repeated under REFERENCES. In the cases of columnists who write under a pen name or professional name (Larry Zeiger writing as Larry King, Eppie Lederer as Ann Landers, Merle Kessler as Ian Shoales), the entry appears under the individual's actual name with references (See Landers, Ann) provided by pen name in the index. Listings of the columnists' books were compiled via the Virginia Tech Library's Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) data base terminal.

The selection of columnists was limited to those whose subject matter is of relatively general interest: political and humor columnists, plus those who variously describe their job as "personal columnist," "op-ed columnist," "general columnist," "life-style columnist," "items columnist" and the like. Not included are columnists whose work focuses on chess, bridge, finance, health . . .

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