Prof. Denning Interviews Bestselling Biographer Deirdre Bair

Pace Professor and WNBA-NYC President, Jane Denning, Interviews Bestselling Biographer and MS In Publishing Advisory Board member, Deirdre Bair

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Deirdre Bair is the critically acclaimed author of five award winning biographies. She received the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography and her biography of Simone de Beauvoir was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Best Books of the Year.” Her biography of Anais Nin was also chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Best Books of the Year.” Ms. Bair’s biography of C.J. Jung won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  

 

Bair’s biography of Saul Steinberg, published by Nan A. Talese at Doubleday, on November 20th, has met with outstanding reviews. Publisher’s Weekly states, “The pre-eminent New Yorker cartoonist leads a life worthy of his own ironic art in this scintillating biography… Bair’s long and amply researched biography unfolds in a graceful prose that’s stocked with absurdist scenes and colorful characters… Her breezy writing works subtly and slyly to unearth psychological depths beneath that amusing surface of the Steinbergian picaresque.”

 

In this interview, Ms.Bair, a member of the NYC chapter of the WNBA shares some of her stories and insights on writing about Saul Steinberg and her other subjects, and tells us a little bit about what she is working on next.