Source/Copyright Not Known: Arthur "Art" Buchwald (crop), undated

A highly regarded columnist with a worldwide audience, Art (Arthur) Buchwald became friendly with Robert F. Kennedy and his family during Kennedy’s years in the Senate. Already a well-known political satirist who had first made his name as an expatriate humorist and celebrity journalist in Paris, Buchwald was a regular visitor to Hickory Hill, the Kennedy home in Virginia, beginning in late 1964. Always careful to keep his distance from the politicians whom he satirized, Buchwald’s first acquaintance was with Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, but as he would later say “the Kennedys do envelop you and take you into their bosom.” Within a short time, Buchwald became a personal friend of Robert F. Kennedy and took part in many of his social, nonpolitical projects and activities. Mindful of the need to maintain an independent viewpoint, Buchwald curtailed his relationship with Kennedy during the latter’s presidential campaign, although the two men remained on good terms.



1925 Born, Mount Vernon, New York

1942 Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps

1945 Discharged with the rank of sergeant; late in the year, enters the University of Southern California

1948 Leaves the university without a degree and moves to Paris, begins writing for Variety

1949 Begins writing “Paris after Dark,” a nightlife column for the New York Herald Tribune

1951 Adds a second column “Mostly about People,” again in the Tribune. The next year, the two columns begin to be published together in the U.S. Returns to the United States and settles in Washington, D.C., reworks his column as satirical political commentary

1982 Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary

2007 Died


Paris after Dark, Haef, 1950.
Art Buchwald's Paris, Little (Boston, MA), 1953.
The Brave Coward, Harper (New York, NY), 1955.
More Caviar, Harper (New York, NY), 1957, published as I Chose Caviar, Gollancz (London, England) 1957.
A Gift from the Boys (novel), Harper (New York, NY), 1958.
Don't Forget to Write, illustrated by Laszloo Matulay, World Publishing, 1960.
How Much Is That in Dollars?, illustrated by Laszlo Matulay, World Publishing, 1961.
Is It Safe to Drink the Water?, World Publishing, 1962.
I Chose Capitol Punishment, illustrated by Laszlo Matulay, World Publishing, 1963.
. . . And Then I Told the President: The Secret Papers of Art Buchwald, illustrated by Laszlo Matulay, Putnam (New York, NY), 1965.
Son of the Great Society, illustrated by Laszlo Matulay, Putnam (New York, NY), 1966.
Have I Ever Lied to You?, Putnam (New York, NY), 1968.
The Paper Tiger; or, Words to Hang Yourself By, with cartoons by Uri Ben-Yehuda, (Author of introduction and articles) Yasha Beresiner, editor, M. Eichenberger, 1968.
The Establishment Is Alive and Well in Washington, Putnam (New York, NY), 1969.
Sheep on the Runway: A Comedy in Two Acts (play; first produced on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, January 31, 1970), Samuel French (New York, NY), 1970.
Counting Sheep: The Log and the Complete Play, "Sheep on the Runway,"  Putnam (New York, NY), 1970.
Oh, to Be a Swinger, Secker & Warburg (London, England), 1970.
Getting High in Government Circles, Putnam (New York, NY), 1971.
I Never Danced at the White House, Putnam (New York, NY), 1973.
"I Am Not a Crook,"  Putnam (New York, NY), 1974.
The Bollo Caper: A Fable for Children of All Ages, illustrated by Julie Brinckloe, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1974.
Irving's Delight: At Last! A Cat Story for the Whole Family!, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins, McKay (Edmunds, WA), 1975.
Washington Is Leaking, Putnam (New York, NY), 1976.
Down the Seine and up the Potomac with Art Buchwald, Putnam (New York, NY), 1977.
The Buchwald Stops Here, Putnam (New York, NY), 1978.
Seems Like Yesterday, (with wife, Ann Buchwald) Putnam (New York, NY), 1980.
Laid Back in Washington, Putnam (New York, NY), 1981.
While Reagan Slept, Putnam (New York, NY), 1983.
You Can Fool All of the People All of the Time, illustrated by Steve Mendelson, Putnam (New York, NY), 1985.
I Think I Don't Remember, illustrated by Steve Mendelson, Putnam (New York, NY), 1987.
Whose Rose Garden Is It Anyway?, Putnam (New York, NY), 1989.
Lighten up, George, Putnam (New York, NY), 1991.
Leaving Home: A Memoir, Putnam (New York, NY), 1993.
I'll Always Have Paris: A Memoir, Putnam (New York, NY), 1996.Stella in Heaven: Almost a Novel, Putnam (New York, NY), 2000.
We'll Laugh Again, Putnam (New York, NY), 2002.


Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale. 2006.

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