Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer Justin Kaplan



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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Justin Kaplan, who once taught at Harvard and Holy Cross, is dead. Kaplan won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for his biography of Mark Twain. He later became editor of “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.”

Kaplan died Sunday in Cambridge from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

Kaplan was a mentor and a friend to Boston writer and fellow biographer Larry Tye, who joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

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