Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The night started on a more literary bent when Robert Caro, political biographer of Robert Moses and LBJ, was given the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Caro said he had initially received only a $5,000 advance for what became the 1975 bestselling Moses bio, “The Power Broker:Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.”Eventually, he said, agent Lynn Nesbitt rescued him and hooked him up with Robert Gottlieb and Kathy Hourigan at Alfred Knopf — where he has remained for the 44 years since.
 If there is a question that annoys Caro more than “Do you like Lyndon Johnson?” it is “When will the next book be published?”

To do: find the robert caro story in the princeton tiger. probably circa 1956.

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