William Manchester


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(1922–2004), biographer, historian. Manchester published novels, but his reputation rests on his histories and biographies. Among these are Disturber of the Peace: The Life of H.L. Mencken (1951); The Death of a President (1967), on the assassination of JFK; The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932–1972 (1968); he completed two of three projected volumes on the life of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion: Visions of Glory 1874–1932 (1984) and The Last Lion: Alone, 1932–1940 (1988) before his death. Some of his other works are Controversy and Other Essays in Journalism (1976); Goodbye, Darkness (1980), a memoir of his service as a Marine sergeant in the South Pacific island campaigns of World War II; and A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind (1992).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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