Alistair Cooke

(1908—2004) broadcaster and writer

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(1908–2004), British commentator on the U.S., after graduation from Cambridge and a Commonwealth Fellowship at Yale and Harvard, began his career of writing on American affairs, notably for The Manchester Guardian (1948–72). He early took American citizenship and his books on American subjects include Douglas Fairbanks (1940); A Generation on Trial (1950), about the Alger Hiss case; One Man's America (1952); Christmas Eve (1952); A Commencement Address (1954); Talk About America (1968), selections from his BBC broadcasts; Alistair Cooke's America (1973), based on a television series; and The Patient Has the Floor (1986), a collection of speeches.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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