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Justin Kaplan, American author. Recipient Pulitzer prize for biography, 1967, National Book award for arts and letters, 1967, National Book award for biography, 1981, Guggenheim fellowship, 1975-1976.


Kaplan, Justin was born on September 5, 1925 in New York City. Son of Tobias D. and Anna (Rudman) Kaplan.


Bachelor of Science, Harvard University, 1944. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1946. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Marlboro College, 1984.


Free-lance editing, writing, New York City, 1946-1954. Senior editor Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1954-1959. Lecturer English Harvard University, 1969, 73, 76, 78.

Prose writer in residence Emerson College, Boston, 1977-1978. Visiting lecturer Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, 1983. Lecturer in field; judge National Book Awards, 1968, 73, 78, 87, 93, Pulitzer prizes, 1989, 94, 97, 2003.

Resident Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy, spring, 1990. Jenks professor contemporary letters College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1992-1995.



Participant cultural programs United States Information Agency, Israel, Dominican Republic, Mexico,1985. Member Massachusetts History Society. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, Society American Historians.

Member American Academy Arts and Letters, Harvard Club (New York), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Anne F. Bernays, July 29, 1954. Children: Susanna Bernays, Hester Margaret, Polly Anne.

Tobias D. Kaplan

Anna (Rudman) Kaplan

Anne F. Bernays

Susanna Bernays Kaplan

Hester Margaret Kaplan

Polly Anne Kaplan