Anatole Paul Broyard

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Birthday
16, 1920
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
Oct 11, 1990 (70)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
16, 1920
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
Oct 11, 1990 (70)

About

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.

Before Fame

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.

Trivia

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.

Family Life

He was married twice -- to Aida Sanchez and Sandy Nelson -- and had three children.

Associated With

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.