Books by Justin Kaplan

Justin Kaplan is an editor, biographer, and author of Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain and Walt Whitman: A Life, among other books. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2006

"A far-reaching portrait of fin de siècle New York, buttressed by the author's assiduous research—even though one can only gasp so many times at the excesses, indulgences and vanities of these two antiheroes."
National Book Award-winning biographer Kaplan (Walt Whitman, 1980, etc.) tells a tale of two cousins, William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF NAMES by Justin Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But unpacking what's in a name, especially in America, makes for an inexhaustible and entertaining subject for Kaplan and Bernays."
A pleasantly discursive and anecdotally informative light meditation on the ``profound, almost magical, but often unacknowledged significance'' of names. Read full book review >