A. SCOTT BERG interviewed DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
on December 6, 2018 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville, KY
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SCOTT BERG graduated from Princeton University. His senior thesis on Maxwell Perkins—the legendary editor who “discovered” F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and dozens of other important writers—won the Charles William Kennedy Prize. Berg expanded that thesis into Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which won the National Book Award. Shortly after its publication, Berg was approached by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who offered him exclusive and unrestricted access to his father’s personal and business papers. With the assistance of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he wrote Goldwyn: A Biography.
Berg became the first and only writer to be given unrestricted access to the massive Charles Lindbergh archives, friends, colleagues, and family members, including his children and his widow. Lindbergh, received the Pulitzer Prize. For twenty years, Berg had been a confidant of Katharine Hepburn, he wrote Kate Remembered—with the understanding that this biographical memoir would not be published in her lifetime. In 2013 Berg’s most recent book was published. Wilson, is an intimate and incisive biography about Woodrow Wilson, the enormously important and influential but enigmatic and often mischaracterized twenty-eighth President of the United States.
Mr. Berg has lectured extensively across this country and Great Britain. A Charter Trustee of Princeton University, he lives in Los Angeles, and is currently working on a biography of Thurgood Marshall.