Kenneth Silverman

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Kenneth Eugene Silverman (born February 5, 1936 in Manhattan , New York City , † July 7, 2017 ) was an American biographer and university professor . He was Professor of English at New York University .


Kenneth Silverman was the son of Gustave Silverman and Bessie Goldberg. He studied at Columbia University , where he made his bachelor's degree in 1956 , received his master's degree in 1958 and received his doctorate in 1964 . During this time he taught at the University of Wyoming from 1958 to 1959 . From 1964 he taught at New York University and was later appointed professor there.

In addition to his teaching activities, Silverman wrote several biographies , including on Benjamin Franklin , Harry Houdini and Edgar Allan Poe . For The Life and Times of Cotton Mather , Silverman received both a Pulitzer Prize for Best Biography or Autobiography and the Bancroft Prize in 1985. In 2002 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .


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  1. ^ William Grimes: Kenneth Silverman, Pulitzer-Winning Author, Dies at 81. In: The New York Times . July 10, 2017, accessed on July 11, 2017 .
  2. ^ Silverman, Kenneth 1936-. In: Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series (via Retrieved April 14, 2020 .