By ROBIN POGREBIN Published New York Times: November 26, 2007. Picture of Schlesinger (left) in 1965 from same story.
“After all, Caro’s ‘Moses’ did well,” he writes, referring to Robert Caro’s biography of Robert Moses. “Moses was not involved in nearly as many things or people as RFK; and this book, I trust, is a good deal better written.”
In his long career Mr. Schlesinger was, among other things, a speechwriter for John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign, a special assistant to the president from 1961 to 1964 and a trustee of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. He was also active in Edward M. Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards and taught history at the City University of New York.
“It was his preferred place because of his connection to the public library and the city of New York,” said Andrew Wylie, Mr. Schlesinger’s literary agent.
The papers, which cover much of Mr. Schlesinger’s life, will be available to the public in a year or two, after they have been processed and cataloged. Another collection of Schlesinger documents resides at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.