American author and literary critic who also served as editor of The New York Times. He is most famous for two autobiographical works: Intoxicated by My Illness and Kafka Was the Rage.
He was born into a Louisiana Creole family of mixed racial heritage, and he moved from New Orleans to New York City during The Great Depression.
His posthumously-published autobiography, Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir, details his post-World War II life as a student and bookseller in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
He was married twice -- to Aida Sanchez and
Broyard concealed his African-American heritage from both his publishers and his children, a stance of racial shame that was harshly critiqued by African-American historian Henry Louis Gates.