Kate Buford’s award-winning Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe (Knopf 2010) was an Editors’ Choice of The New York Times. The paperback was published in 2012 by the U. of Nebraska Press. Burt Lancaster: An American Life (Knopf/Da Capo/Aurum UK) was named one of the best books of 2000 by The New York Times, The Washington Post and others, and was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. In 2013 Knopf released an ebook edition in honor of the centennial of Lancaster’s birth. Buford has written for The New York Times, Film Comment, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Daily Beast, among other publications, and was a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and APM’s Marketplace from 1995 - 2004. A member of PEN, the NYU Biographers Seminar, and Biographers International Organization (BIO), she lives in Virginia and New York.
6 entries by Kate Buford
By Tim Harford
This absorbing look at the upside of chaos is fresh and surprising.
By Michael Schulman
An enjoyable though incomplete biography of the enigmatic actor
By Hubert Wolf; translated by Ruth Martin
A look at the intrigue and impropriety wrought by a notorious Catholic novice.
Though well-researched, this tale of Crescent City corruption is less compelling than the events it covers.
By Gail Sheehy
One of the best-known New Journalists reflects again on her life’s journey, with mixed results.