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Ann Sperber

Ann SperberAnn M. Sperber was born in Vienna, Austria, emigrated with her parents in 1939 via France to the United States, settling in New York City. At age 9, she was admitted as a piano student to the Preparatory Division of The Julliard School until she was a junior at The High School of Music and Art, where she majored in voice. In 1952 she entered Barnard College, became a major in central European Studies and received her B.A. Degree in 1956 and a Fulbright Scholarship in Political Science at the Free University of Berlin, West Germany. Returning home, she became interested in publishing and soon was Senior Editor of youth books at G.P. Putnam's and McGraw-Hill. Then she went on her own as a free-lance writer and got a contract with Pantheon for a pre-college book on Edward R. Murrow.

When she finished it after one year, her editor suggested that she should re-write it as an adult book by doing more research. It took her 11 more years to accomplish this and "Murrow: His Life and Times" was finally published in the United States and in Great Britain. It was on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, the lead review in the "New Yorker", excerpted in The London Times and was for many weeks on the best-seller list of six American newspapers. In 1998 the book was re-published with a new foreword- by Fordham University Press. Ann's second book - "The Biography of Humphrey Bogart" was only 80% finished, when she suddenly died of a heart attack in 1994. The book "Bogart" was completed by Eric Lax and in 1997 published simultaneously in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Spain. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prizes and was also for several weeks on the best-seller list.

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