The Stories Of Their Lives
Bestselling author, cultural historian, producer and television commentator, Neal Gabler has been described as “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.” And he has clearly found his bliss.
This spring’s Patrick Henry Fellow at the C.V. Starr Center, Gabler is writing a book about Ted Kennedy and teaching “The Art of Biography.” Introducing his favorite writers—his favorite ideas—to a small class of WC undergraduates, he positively fizzes with delight: “I am really excited about…” is a favorite preface, and it is disarmingly genuine, whether it leads to a disquisition on the work of Gay Talese or the rigor of the writer’s craft.
This bubbling enthusiasm propelled him through the many years it took to write prizewinning biographies of Walt Disney, Walter Winchell and the moguls who created Hollywood.
And it fuels his work-in-progress, tentatively titled Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Tortuous Course of American Liberalism. “Biographies are novels with real people,” he says. “I couldn’t ask for a better protagonist.”