Michael Korda

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Michael Korda
Born (1933-10-08) 8 October 1933 (age 81)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Writer, editor
Language English
Nationality Britain
Education Institut Le Rosey
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Period 1972 – present
Notable works Charmed Lives,
Spouse Carolyn Keese (1958)
Margaret Mogford
Children Chris

Michael Korda (born 8 October 1933) is an English-born writer and novelist who was editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster in New York City.

Early years[edit]

Born in London, Michael Korda is the son of English actress Gertrude Musgrove, and artist and film production designer Vincent Korda. He is the nephew of Hungarian-born film magnate Sir Alexander Korda and brother Zoltan Korda, both film directors.[1] Korda grew up in England but received part of his education in France where his father had worked with film director Marcel Pagnol. As a child, Korda also lived in the United States from 1941 to 1946.[1] He was schooled at the private Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland and read History at Magdalen College, Oxford.[1] He served in the Royal Air Force[2] doing intelligence work in Germany.[1]


Korda moved to New York City in 1957 where he worked for playwright Sidney Kingsley as a research assistant and then later as a freelance reader in the CBS story department.[1] In 1958 he joined the book publishing firm, Simon & Schuster, starting as an assistant editor, which included the task of reading slush pile manuscripts for Henry Simon.[1] He became Editor-in-Chief of the company and was a major figure in the book industry, publishing numerous works by high-profile writers and personalities such as William L. Shirer, Will and Ariel Durant, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Korda was a major part of Simon & Schuster for more than forty years and one of the most influential people in the business of book publishing. In the autumn of 1994, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. In 1997 he wrote Man to Man, which recounted his medical experience. In 2000, he published Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, about the world of publishing.[1]

Among Korda's better-known books are Charmed Lives, which was a memoir about his life with his father and uncle, and the novel Queenie, which is a roman à clef about his aunt, actress Merle Oberon, which was later adapted into a television miniseries.

Private life[edit]

Michael Korda married first wife Carolyn Keese in 1958, and had one child, Chris, leader of the Church of Euthanasia. Michael remarried to Margaret Mogford, a former fashion model.


Editor of Notable Books[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Korda, Michael (1999). Another life : a memoir of other people (1st ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 0679456597. 
  2. ^ Video: "Never … was so much owed by so many to so few" (2008). The Open Mind (TV series). 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

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