Russell Baker

Russell  Baker
Russell Baker charmed readers with his astute political commentary and biting cerebral wit. The noted journalist, humorist, essayist, and biographer wrote or edited seventeen books, and was the author of the nationally syndicated Observer column for the New York Times from 1962 to 1998. Called by Robert Sherrill of the Washington Post Book Word, the supreme satirist of this half-century, Baker was most famous for turning the daily gossip of most newspapers into the stuff of laugh-out-loud literature. John Skow of Time described Baker's work as funny, but full of the pain and absurdity of the age...he can write with a hunting strain of melancholy, with delight, or...with shame or outrage. Baker received his first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1979, in recognition of his Observer column. Baker received his second Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for his autobiography, Growing Up (1983).

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