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Laurence Bergreen

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Tune in to WordSmitten's upcoming broadcast featuring an exclusive interview with author and biographer, Laurence Bergreen. Bergreen's books have been translated into fifteen languages and his recent book, published by Alfred A. Knopf, is the exotically titled, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu.

Mr. Bergreen, to be featured in an exclusive interview on WordSmitten's About the Books, discusses his work, his life, and an upcoming feature film based on this book and starring Matt Damon and written by William Monahan, who won an Oscar for "The Departed." The film, a Warner Brothers project, is in development. Author and Biographer Laurence Bergreen

His previous work, Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (William Morrow/HarperCollins) steps rapidly and in a cavalier mode, into the world of compelling exploration. A New York Times "Notable Book" for 2003, it is also in development as a motion picture and is now in its tenth printing.

In addition, Bergreen is the author of Voyage to Mars: NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth, a narrative of NASA's exploration of Mars, published in November 2000 by Penguin Putnam. Dramatic rights were acquired by TNT. In 1997, Bantam Doubleday Dell published Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life, a comprehensive biography drawing on unpublished manuscripts and exclusive interviews with Armstrong colleagues and friends. It has been published in Germany, Finland, and Great Britain. In 1994, Simon & Schuster published his Capone: The Man and the Era. A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, it has been published in numerous foreign languages, was optioned by Miramax, and was a New York Times "Notable Book."

His biography, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award and received front-page reviews in major American and British newspapers and appeared on bestseller lists; it was also a New York Times "Notable Book" for 1990. His previous biography, James Agee: A Life, was also critically acclaimed and was a New York Times "Notable Book" for 1984.

Laurence (Larry) Bergreen has written for many national publications including Esquire, Newsweek, TV Guide, Details, Prologue, The Chicago Tribune, and Military History Quarterly. He has taught at the New School for Social Research and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York.

In 1995, he served as a judge for the National Book Awards and in 1991 as a judge for the PEN/Albrand Nonfiction Award. A frequent lecturer at major universities and symposiums, he also serves as a Featured Historian for the History Channel. Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard University in 1972. He is a member of PEN American Center, The Explorers Club, the Authors Guild, and the board of the New York Society Library, he lives in New York City. Suzanne Gluck of the William Morris Agency is the literary representative for Laurence Bergreen.


Photo of Laurence Bergreen courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., a division of Random House
(credit photo: Sigrid Estrada)


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