August 2, 1955 |
Caleb Carr (born August 2, 1955) is an American novelist and military historian.
A son of Lucien Carr, a former UPI editor and a key Beat generation figure, he was born in Manhattan and lived for much of his life on the Lower East Side. He attended New York Friends Seminary, Kenyon College and New York University, earning a B.A. in military and diplomatic history. He writes frequently on military and political affairs and was a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History until 2008.
He currently resides in upstate New York on a farm estate called "Misery Mountain" in the town of Berlin, New York, in Rensselaer County. Carr ran as a Democrat for the Rensselaer County Legislature in 2005 but came in fourth of four candidates.
- Casing the Promised Land (1980)
- The Alienist (1994)
- The Angel of Darkness (1997)
- Killing Time (2000)
- The Italian Secretary (2005)
- The Legend of Broken (2012)
- America Invulnerable: The Quest for Absolute Security from 1812 to Star Wars by James Chace and Caleb Carr (1989)
- The Devil Soldier, a biography of 19th-century American mercenary Frederick Townsend Ward (1992)
- No End Save Victory : Perspectives on World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, John Keegan, William Manchester, and others. Ed Ambrose (2001)
- The Lessons of Terror (2002)
- What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been by Antony Beevor, Caleb Carr, Robert Dallek and John Lukacs (2003)
- The Cold War: A Military History by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming, and Victor Hanson (2006)
Carr has written plays and movie screenplays, one of which, Bad Attitudes was made into a TV movie in 1991. He was one of the contributing screenwriters for the film prequel to The Exorcist, released as Exorcist: The Beginning, for which he received a shared story credit. He also received a shared screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise from William Peter Blatty (the author/screenwriter of The Exorcist). In television, he appears on the PBS program American Experience as a guest commentator/narrator, such as on the episode of the NYC subway system, "New York Underground".
Carr taught three semesters of military history at Bard College as a Visiting Professor. He was also a close friend and confidant of historian James Chace, with whom he collaborated on America Invulnerable: The Quest for Absolute Security from 1812 to Star Wars.
- Purdy, Matthew. "ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE WITH: Caleb Carr; Writing to Flee the Past", The New York Times, May 19, 1994. Accessed November 7, 2007. "CALEB CARR inhabits two New Yorks. There is the New York of 1994, where he lives alone in a somewhat messy Lower East Side walkup."
- Bruce Westbrook, " "Dominion" director says he feels vindication with movie's release - Latest prequel on demons matches Harlin's version ," Houston Chronicle, May 21, 2005
- Caleb Carr at the Internet Movie Database
- Caleb Carr on 17th Street, a website dedicated to the Alienist books
- Caleb Carr: Rebuilding the Past in Words and Wood