An award-winning author, screenwriter, and staff writer for The New Yorker, Lawrence Wright has won acclaim for his in-depth investigations into groups from evangelical Christians to Al-Qaeda. He's even written a one-man play, "My Trip to al-Qaeda," about his adventures in researching The Looming Tower, his National Book Award contender.
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Date of Birth:
August 2, 1947
Place of Birth:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
B.A., Tulane University, 1969; M.A. (Applied Linguistics), American University in Cairo, 1971
National Magazine Award, 1994; John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, 1994; Overseas Press Club Award, 2002
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|"I play the keyboards in an Austin blues band, WhoDo," Wright reveals in our interview. "I've found that playing music with friends is about the most fun a grownup can have. I didn't take up the piano until I was thirty-eight and a half because I wanted to play 'Great Balls of Fire' on my fortieth birthday. I guess the point is that it's never too late to acquire a new passion."|
|An Early Expose||Wright's Reading Recommendations|
A true psychological detective story, family tragedy, and social commentary in one, Remembering Satan is Wright's investigation into the story of Paul Ingram, a sheriff's deputy in Olympia, Washington, whose grown daughters suddenly accused him of having molested them in the course of demonic rites.
Wright told us that The Moviegoer had a great influence on his career as a writer. "I wrote an honor's thesis on the subject at Tulane and got to spend time with Percy, who was first real writer I had ever met," he recalls. "He made it seem possible for me to be a writer as well, although he advised me it would be better if I were rich." Read on to find out about more of Wright's best-loved books, including: