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Name  Lacey Fosburgh
Role  Journalist
Parents  Hugh Whitney Fosburgh

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Died  January 11, 1993, San Francisco, California, United States
Spouse  David Harris (m. 1977–1993)
Books  Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder, Old money, India Gate
Grandparents  Eleanor Whitney Fosburgh, James B. A. Fosburgh
Similar People  Roseann Quinn, David Harris, Judith Perelman Rossner, Mark Thompson, Joan Baez

Lacey Fosburgh (3 October 1942 – January 11, 1993) was an American journalist, author, and academic best known for her controversial book, Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder (1977).


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Early life

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She was born in Manhattan, New York, to the journalist Hugh Whitney Fosburgh, author of View from the Air and other books, and his wife, Helen Edwards Fosburgh. Fosburgh graduated from the Brearley School in Manhattan and Sarah Lawrence College.


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She began her writing career for The New York Times, where she worked as a staff reporter from 1968 to 1973. After leaving the Times, she continued to work as a freelance journalist for that publication and others, notably covering the Patty Hearst/Symbionese Liberation Army case from 1974–1976 and the Peoples Temple case in 1978. She was also one of the few people to interview reclusive author J. D. Salinger, in 1974. She also taught journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1977, Fosburgh—appropriating the title of Judith Rossner's acclaimed best-selling novel, Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1975)--published her first book, Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder, the story of the 1973 slaying of young schoolteacher Roseann Quinn, which Fosburgh had covered for The New York Times. The book was selected by both the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club, and received a 1978 Edgar nomination for Best Fact Crime book. Although Truman Capote remarked that the book proved Fosburgh "a skillful, selective reporter and also a literary artist," Fosburgh's mixing of fact and fiction (in a technique she called "interpretive biography") proved controversial. In 1980, she admitted to The New York Times that she had "created scenes or dialogue I think it reasonable and fair to assume could have taken place, perhaps even did."

Her second book, Old Money (1983), was a novel which was understood to be largely autobiographical, about growing up in a wealthy, troubled family. Her third book was India Gate (1991), a fictional family saga and mystery involving the children of American expatriates in India.

Personal life

Fosburgh was married to Marc Libarle from 1973 to 1975. In 1977, she married activist and author David Harris, and they had one child, Sophie. Fosburgh died of breast cancer in 1993 at age 50.

Other works

  • "J. D. Salinger Speaks About His Silence", 1974 New York Times interview with Salinger
  • References

    Lacey Fosburgh Wikipedia

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