art buchwald


art buchwald

American humorist wrote a newspaper column of observational satire that was an institution for some 40 years. Buchwald began his career after World War II with an entertainment column, "Paris After Dark," for the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune; the column soon became a humour column about society that was widely read. In 1962 he relocated from Paris to Washington, D.C., where he directed his satire toward politics; at its peak Buchwald's thrice-weekly column appeared in some 500 newspapers, and in 1982 he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Of his 30 published books, 5 were novels, 3 were memoirs, and the rest contained collections of columns. In February 2006, after having been diagnosed with kidney failure, Buchwald refused dialysis and moved into a hospice. Surprisingly, his kidneys began functioning, and he spent the next several months holding court in the hospice with the famous and well-connected and writing a final memoir, Too Soon to Say Goodbye.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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