John Leonard


Born
in Washington D.C., The United States
February 25, 1939

Died
November 05, 2008

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John Leonard grew up in Washington, D.C., Jackson Heights, Queens, and Long Beach, California, where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Raised by a single mother, Ruth Smith, he made his way to Harvard University, where he immersed himself in the school newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, only to drop out in the spring of his sophomore year. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley.

Leonard was a voracious critical omnivore, writing on culture, politics, television, books and the media in many other venues, including The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, American Heritage and Salon.com. Leonard taught creative writing and criticism at the University of Pennsylvania and
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