Russell Baker


Born
in Morrisonville, Virginia, The United States
August 14, 1925

Died
January 21, 2019

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On August 14, 1925, US journalist, humorist and biographer Russell Baker was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. His father died early on and his hard-working mother reared him and his sisters during the Great Depression. Baker managed to get himself into Johns Hopkins University, where he studied journalism.

Baker’s wit as a humorist has been compared with that of Mark Twain. “The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer,” wrote Baker, “and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.” In 1979, Baker received his first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in his “Observer” column for the New York Times (1962 to 1998). His 1983 autobiography, Growing Up earned
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Growing Up

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The Good Times

3.92 avg rating — 301 ratings — published 1989 — 12 editions
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Russell Baker's Book of Ame...

3.38 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
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The Norton Book of Light Verse

3.98 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1986
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So This Is Depravity and Ot...

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The Rescue of Miss Yaskell:...

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There's a Country in My Cellar

3.57 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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No Gumption

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Looking Back

3.71 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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The New Treasury of Great H...

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