The death of a biographer

The death of a biographer: As an avid fan of great biographies, it should come as no surprise that William Manchester is on my short list of favorite authors. His death yesterday leaves one work incomplete, the long delayed third installment to his Winston Churchill triology, surely my favorite among his inspiring body of work. Another favorite is a book I find myself recommending from time to time, one, ironically, he wrote a dozen or so years ago on “doctors recommendations” to slow down, the survey of the middle ages titled, “A World Lit Only By Fire.” In the late 1960s, Manchester became embroiled in a very-public dispute with Jacqueline Kennedy over the his plans to sell to Look Magazine the excerpt rights for his “authorized” book, The Death of a President. Manchester died yesterday at his home in Middletown, Ct.