Fun Facts Friday: John McPhee

March 8, 2013

American writer John McPhee was born on this day, 8 March 1931 in Princeton, NJ. Mr. McPhee is a 1999 winner of Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his work Annals of the Former World as well as the George Polk Career Award.

Fun Facts Friday John McPhee

Books by John McPhee

  1. Mr. McPhee was born in Princeton, NJ. His father was Princeton University athletic department physician. Mr. McPhee went to Princeton High School and attended Princeton University.
  2. During his time as a student at Princeton University, Mr. McPhee traveled to New York City twice a week as the juvenile panelist on the radio quiz program Twenty Questions.
  3. Mr. McPhee had several roommates in Princeton, one of them was Dick Kazmaier – the 1951 Heisman Trophy winner.
  4. His writing career started at Time magazine and The New Yorker in 1965. Mr. McPhee still writes for those magazines today.
  5. Profiling Princeton University’s basketball legend (and later a senator from NJ) Bill Bradely resulted in A Sense of Where You Are which became a classic non-fiction book.
  6. To this day Mr. McPhee teaches nonfiction writing at Princeton (2 out of every 3 years).
  7. Some of Mr. McPhee’s students included David Remnick, Eric Schlosser, Richard Preston and Robert Wright.
  8. Mr. McPhee has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize at least 4 times.
  9. Mr. McPhee is also a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University since 1974.
  10. Mr. McPhee holds honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Amherst College

Books by John McPhee

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