Adam Begley

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Adam C. Begley[1] (born 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American freelance writer, and was the books editor for the New York Observer from 1996 to 2009.[2]

Begley is the son of Sally (Higginson) and novelist Louis Begley. He graduated from Harvard College, and from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in 1989. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and the Financial Times.[3]

He lives with his wife, Anne Cotton, and stepchildren, in Great Gidding, Cambridgeshire. He wrote a biography of author John Updike, published by HarperCollins in 2014, [4] and a biography of French photographer Nadar, published by Tim Duggan Books in 2017. He is a contributing interviewer to the Paris Review's Art of Fiction series.



  • Literary Agents: A Writer’s Guide. Adam Begley, Debby Mayer, Penguin Books, 1993, ISBN 978-0-14-017215-7
  • The Art of Fiction No. 135: Don DeLillo, Paris Review, 1993
  • The Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors, Laura Miller, Adam Begley, Penguin Books, 2000, ISBN 978-0-14-028088-3
  • The Art of Fiction No. 173: Ian McEwan, Paris Review, 2002
  • The Art of Fiction No. 179: Jim Crace, Paris Review, 2003
  • Certitude: A Profusely Illustrated Guide to Blockheads and Bullheads, Past and Present, Adam Begley, Christopher Hitchens, Illustrator Edward Sorel, HARMONY, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-40804-4
  • "Stendhal in Parma, Italy", The New York Times, December 27, 2009
  • The Art of Fiction No. 204: David Mitchell, Paris Review, 2010
  • Updike, Adam Begley, Harper-Collins, New York, 2014, ISBN 978-0-06-189645-3
  • The Great Nadar, Adam Begley, Tim Duggan Books, New York, 2017, ISBN 978-1-10-190260-8


  1. ^ "Marisa del Rosario and Adam Begley Are Planning to Be Married In June". The New York Times. 9 January 1983.
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  3. ^ "Adam Begley – Penguin Random House".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-06-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Former Biography Fellows".