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(January 11, 1915- ) Born in the Panama Canal Zone. Raised in New Orleans. After graduating from Tulane University in 1935, worked for New Orleans Times-Picayune; published short stories in Harper's and other magazines. Moved to New York, where he helped edit national Associated Press wire. Studied at Harvard as Nieman Fellow, 1942-43. Named managing editor of The New Republic in 1943; wrote extensively on race and the South while with The New Republic and, later, as Washington editor of The Nation. Moved back to the South in 1949 to work for New Orleans Item. Published novels Count Roller Skates (1956; reprinted as The Magnificent Rascal, 1958) and By Starlight (1960). Following sale of Item in 1960 started public relations firm. Currently at work in New Orleans on a memoir of his New York years and early involvement in civil rights movement.