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Mitchell James Kaplan

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Mitchell James Kaplan is a cum laude graduate of Yale University, where he won the Paine Memorial Prize. His first mentor was author William Styron. Following college, he lived in Paris and Southern California. Currently he lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

​Mitchell James Kaplan's 2010 novel, By Fire, By Water, won numerous literary awards both domestically and abroad. Into The Unbounded Night, a novel of first century Rome and the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, will be out in September, 2020 (Regal House). Rhapsody, a novel about Kay Swift and her 1920s Broadway circle, including her lover George Gershwin, will appear in 2021 (Gallery / Simon & Schuster)
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Research, Outlining, and Writing (mitchelljameskaplan.com)

Research, Outlining, and Writing


It all starts with research. For me, research begets
inspiration. I read dozens of books on the period and the people. Slowly,
patterns emerge, obscure but fascinating relations between characters,
events, symbolic imagery, and abstract ideas. Then I begin another round of
research, focusing on these patterns, and I start sketching outlines and character notes.


I w

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Average rating: 3.76 · 1,559 ratings · 413 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
By Fire, By Water

3.74 avg rating — 1,096 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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3.78 avg rating — 401 ratings — published 2021 — 9 editions
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"In 1924, Katherine Swift, well-known musician and composer, is convinced by a friend to attend the debut performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” She is certain she won’t like it because she is a purist and that the only music that “count" Read more of this review »
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"To be honest, I didn't like the "prologue" or intro or whatever you want to call it. The present tense and attempt to be happening at the moment seems artificial and forced, at least to me. However, the rest of the book was marvelous! I had never hea" Read more of this review »
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" Some years ago I saw two biopics from the Golden Age of Hollywood focusing on two titans of the Jazz Age: Cole Porter, Night and Day from 1946 and George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue from 1945. The moment I heard of Kaplan’s book, I knew I had to have" Read more of this review »
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Beth Hi Mitchell,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow Goodreads author!


Mitchell Kaplan Shellie - Layers of Thought wrote: "Welcome Mitchell! You will love it here."

Thank you, Shellie! Please allow me a little time to get up to speed, though... (in between everything else)...


Shellie (Layers of Thought) Welcome Mitchell! You will love it here.


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