James Kaplan

James Kaplan has been writing noted fiction, journalism, and biography for over four decades. His essays and reviews, as well as more than a hundred major profiles of figures ranging from Madonna to Helen Gurley Brown to Miles Davis  have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. In November 2010, Doubleday published Frank: The Voice, the first volume of Kaplan’s definitive biography of Frank Sinatra. The book was a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen by Times chief book critic Michiko Kakutani as one of her Top Ten Books of 2010. In 2012, Kaplan was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for nonfiction. In October 2015, Doubleday published the bestselling second volume of his Frank Sinatra biography, Sinatra: The Chairman, which was longlisted for the 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and won the Biographers International Organization’s Award for Excellence in Biography. Kaplan has also written a number of bestselling as-told-to’s, including 2002’s You Cannot Be Serious (with John McEnroe), 2005’s Dean & Me: A Love Story (with Jerry Lewis) and 2018’s I Love Capitalism! (with Ken Langone). His collaboration with Michael Dell, Play Nice But Win, will be published by Portfolio in October 2021. Photo Credit: Erinn Hartmann
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