Swanberg, W. A. (William Andrew), 1907-1992

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Biographer and historian; author of books about Morgan Dix, Theodore Dreiser, Dorothy Elmhirst, James Fisk, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Luce, Joseph Pulitzer, Daniel E. Sickles, Willard D. Straight, Norman Thomas, Flora Payne Whitney, Williams C. Whitney, and the American Civil War. He won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1973 for "Luce and his Empire" and the National Book Award for biography in 1977 for "Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist." He also wrote many magazine articles on crime.

From the description of W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 435637930

Author, biographer.

From the description of Reminiscences of William Andrew Swanberg : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309738503

William Andrew Swanberg, biographer and historian, was born 23 November 1907 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota in 1930 and completed some post-graduate work at N.Y.U. After working as a common laborer during the Depression, Swanberg was hired as an editor for Dell Publishing Company in New York, where he worked from 1935 to 1944. In 1944 and 1945 he was a field reporter for the Office of War Information in Europe. In 1945 he began his free-lance career. A chronology of his works includes: Sickles the Incredible (1956); First Blood--The Story of Fort Sumter (1957); Jim Fisk (1959); Citizen Hearst (1961); Dreiser (1965); Pulitzer (1967); The Rector and The Rogue (1968); Luce and His Empire (1972), for which he received the 1973 Pulitzer prize for biography; Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist (1976), for which he received the 1977 National Book Award for biography; and Whitney Father, Whitney Heiress (1980).

From the description of W. A. Swanberg papers, 1944-1982. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155896767

William Andrew Swanberg, a free lance writer, was born 23 November 1907 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked for Dell Publishing Co. as an editor before going free lance in 1945.

From the description of W.A. Swanberg papers, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 462018912

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creatorOf Swanberg, W. A. (William Andrew), 1907-1992. W. A. Swanberg papers, 1944-1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Swanberg, W. A. (William Andrew), 1907-1992. Correspondence with Vera Dreiser, 1962-1985, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Bancroft, Mary. Papers, 1872-1997 (inclusive), 1932-1987 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. W. A. Swanberg Papers, ca.1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Swanberg, W. A., 1907-. Reminiscences of William Andrew Swanberg : oral history, 1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Smith, Lorna D. (Lorna Dysart), 1897-1981. Lorna D. Smith papers, 1930-1981 (inclusive), 1965-1975 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Swanberg, W. A. (William Andrew), 1907-1992. W.A. Swanberg papers, undated. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1872, 1932-1997 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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associatedWith Anderson, Eleanor Copenhaver, d. 1985. person
associatedWith Auchincloss, Louis. person
associatedWith Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981. person
associatedWith Bancroft, Mary. person
associatedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
associatedWith Benton, William, 1900-1973. person
associatedWith Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Carlson, Chester Floyd, 1906-1968. person
associatedWith Catton, Bruce, 1899-1978. person
associatedWith Dix, Morgan, 1827-1908. person
associatedWith Dowdey, Clifford, 1904-1979. person
associatedWith Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 person
associatedWith Elmhirst, Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight. person
associatedWith Fisk, James, 1835-1872. person
associatedWith Floyd, John B. (John Buchanan), 1806-1863. person
associatedWith Fowler, Gene, 1890-1960. person
associatedWith Goldberg, Rube, 1883-1970. person
associatedWith Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951. person
associatedWith Hearst, William Randolph, 1908-1993. person
associatedWith Hersey, John, 1914-1993. person
associatedWith Hobson, Laura Keane Zametkin. person
associatedWith Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977. person
associatedWith Johnson, William E. (William Eugene), 1862-1945. person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
associatedWith Koskoff, David E., 1939-, person
associatedWith Leech, Margaret, 1893-1974. person
associatedWith Luce, Henry Robinson, 1898-1967. person
associatedWith Macdonald, Dwight. person
associatedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith MARY BANCROFT, 1903-1997 person
associatedWith McCullough, David W. person
associatedWith McWilliams, Carey, 1905-1980. person
associatedWith Miller, Merle, 1919-1986. person
associatedWith Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971. person
associatedWith Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971. person
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith Older, Fremont, Mrs., 1875-1968. person
associatedWith Powell, Dick, 1904-1963. person
associatedWith Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911. person
associatedWith Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979. person
associatedWith Salinger, Pierre. person
associatedWith Sickles, Daniel Edgar, 1819-1914. person
associatedWith Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. person
associatedWith Smith, Lorna D. (Lorna Dysart), 1897-1981. person
associatedWith St. Johns, Adela Rogers. person
associatedWith Stout, Rex, 1886-1975. person
associatedWith Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918. person
associatedWith Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Time, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of War Information. corporateBody
associatedWith Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977. person
associatedWith White, Theodore H. (Theodore Harold), 1915-1986. person
associatedWith Whitney, Flora Payne. person
associatedWith Whitney, William C. (William Collins), 1841-1904. person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Xerox Corporation. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.)
United States
Subject
Propaganda, American
Xerography
Newspaper publishing
Spies
World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda
Periodicals--Publishing
Biography--19th century
Journalism
Authors--Interviews
Prohibition
Tobacco industry
Depressions--1929
Authors, American--20th century
Publishers and Publishing
Newspapers
Espionage
Biography as a literary form
Occupation
Periodical editors
Biographers
Businessmen
Clergy
Inventors
Newspaper editors
Capitalists and financiers
Soldiers
Novelists, American
Socialists
Journalists
Retired military personnel
Authors, American
Prohibitionists
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Birth 1907

Death 1992

Americans

English

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