Paul Alexander is the author of biographies that chronicle larger-than-life literary, artistic, and political figures. These include Rough Magic, a biography of Sylvia Plath, and the J.D. Salinger biography which inspired Shane Salerno’s forthcoming feature documentary Salinger. Other books include the bestselling Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean, now published in 10 countries; Death and Disaster: The Rise of the Warhol Empire and the Race For Andy’s Millions; and books exploring major figures from recent political campaigns, including John McCain, John Kerry, and Karl Rove.
Alexander is also a playwright and author of Edge, the critically acclaimed one-woman play about Sylvia Plath. A former reporter for Time magazine, Alexander has published journalism in major periodicals including the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, the New York Observer, ARTnews, the Advocate, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, and Rolling Stone. In Europe, his journalism has appeared in Paris Match, Gente, and the Guardian.
A graduate of The University of Alabama and The Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, Alexander is a member of PEN American Center, the Authors Guild, and the Playwrights and Directors Unit of The Actors Studio. In the fall of 2002, he was a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath (2003)
Salinger: A Biography (2000)