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April 21, 2003
Robert Caro Discusses His New Book on President Lyndon B. Johnson at the Library of Congress on May 20
Robert A. Caro, who recently won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for the "Master of the Senate" (Knopf, 2002)-the third volume in his biography of President Lyndon B. Johnson- will speak at the Library of Congress at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., in Washington, D.C. The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Center for the Book's author series, Books & Beyond. Tickets or reservations are not required. A book signing will follow the talk.
Caro, a graduate of Princeton University, was an award-winning investigative reporter at Newsday newspaper for six years. A Harvard University Nieman fellow, he won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for his first book, "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" (Knopf, 1974).
To work on his biography of Lyndon Johnson, Caro and his wife Ina moved from New York to Texas and then to Washington, D.C., to live in the locales where Johnson grew up and where he achieved political prominence. Caro has spent years examining documents in the Johnson Presidential Library in Austin and has interviewed thousands of people connected with Johnson's life. Both the first and second volumes of "The Years of Lyndon Johnson"-"The Path to Power" (Knopf, 1982) and "Means of Ascent" (Knopf, 1990)-received the National Book Critics Circle Award for the most distinguished nonfiction work of the year.
Caro has served as president of the Authors Guild of America and as vice president of PEN. At the Library of Congress, he has participated in two symposia sponsored by the Center for the Book: "Biography & Books" (1983) and "The Historical Novel: A Celebration of the Achievements of Herman Wouk" (1995).
The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. For information about its program, publications, forthcoming events and the activities of its affiliates in 50 states and the District of Columbia, visit its Web site at http://www.loc.gov/cfbook.
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