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David Margolick (born January 3, 1952) is a long-time contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Margolick has held similar positions at Newsweek and Portfolio.com. Prior to joining Vanity Fair he was a legal affairs reporter at The New York Times, where he wrote the weekly “At the Bar" column and covered the trials of O.J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbitt, and William Kennedy Smith. In his fifteen years at the Times, the paper entered his work four times for the Pulitzer Prize. He remains a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His work has also appeared in The New York Review of Books, Tablet, and The Forward.
David graduated from the Loomis Chaffee School in 1970, then went on to graduate from the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School. He is the author of Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns, a biography of the controversial American author John Horne Burns. In an hour-long conversation recorded May 1, 2014, Margolick and Jay Ackroyd discussed 'Dreadful' . Margolick is also the author of Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock, a study of the principal figures in the iconic photograph from the 1957 school desegregation crisis, published in October 2011 by Yale University Press. In July 2011 his long-form article A Predator Priest, about a family’s long quest to bring a pedophile priest from Margolick’s hometown of Putnam, Connecticut, to justice, was posted on Kindle Singles. His prior books include Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink, published by Knopf in 2005; Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song (2001); At the Bar: The Passions and Peccadillos of American Lawyers (1995); and Undue Influence: The Epic Battle for the Johnson & Johnson Fortune (1994). He is currently writing a book on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows for Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters Series (Schocken/Random House). He has been an adjunct professor in New York University’s Department of Journalism and lives in New York City.
- The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (RosettaBooks, April 2018)
- Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns (Other Press, June 2013)
- A Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock (Yale University Press, October 2011)
- A Predator Priest (Kindle Singles, July 2011)
- Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
- Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song (with Hilton Als) (2000) ISBN 0060959568
- At the Bar (1995)
- Undue Influence: The Epic Battle for the Johnson & Johnson Fortune (1994)