Nicholas A. Basbanes was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1943, graduated from Bates College in 1965, and received a master of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University while serving as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier Oriskany in the Tonkin Gulf in 1969. An award-winning investigative reporter during the early 1970s, Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and for the next eight years wrote a nationally syndicated column on books and authors. He is a former president of the Friends of the Robert H. Goddard Library of Clark University, which has established a student book-collecting competition in his honor. His first book, A GENTLE MADNESS, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Nicholas A. Basbanes