Deborah Baker

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Deborah Baker is a biographer and essayist. She is married to the writer Amitav Ghosh and lives in Brooklyn, Calcutta, and Goa.[1] She is the author of A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, a biography of Allen Ginsberg that focuses on his time in India[2] and of In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 1994.[3] She also writes for the Los Angeles Times.[not in citation given][4] Her book The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism (2011) is a biography of Maryam Jameelah (born Margaret Marcus), a Jewish woman from New York who converted to Islam.[5] In 2012, she wrote a critical review for the Wall Street Journal of Defender of the Realm, the Manchester-Reid biography of Winston Churchill.[6]

Baker was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.[7]


  1. ^ "BOOKS: Deborah Baker's "A Blue Hand: The Beats in India"". SAJAforum. 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ Celia McGee (2008-04-13). "Om Sweet Om". India: Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ Richard Ellmann. "The Pulitzer Prizes; Biography or Autobiography". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Featured Articles From the Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Adams, Lorraine (2011-05-20). "Book Review - The Convert - By Deborah Baker". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ "The Last Stand of Winston Churchill" (Baker) 9 Nov 2012
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-01-16.