Award-winning author, journalist, film critic and historian Barry Paris lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among his best-known works are the definitive, internationally acclaimed biographies of film stars Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, and Audrey Hepburn.
He is senior film critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, co-founder of "The Sunday Arts Magazine" on classical station WQED-FM, and a long-time contributor to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among many other publications. He has won multiple awards for cultural and investigative reporting.
Barry Paris recently finished "Stella Adler: On Tennessee Williams & the Americans" (Vol. II), published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2012, and is currently engaged in writing "Pierce in Oblivion," a biography of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, also for Knopf.
published by Barry Paris on December 25, 2013 - 12:00am
James Thurber's very short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which occupied just 2½ New Yorker pages in 1939, gained such a beloved place in American life and language that its title character has his own dictionary entry as "a painfully ordinary man/milquetoast, given to heroic daydreams rather than involvement in the real world."