Phoebe Hoban

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Phoebe Hoban is an American journalist perhaps known best for her biographies of the artists Jean Michel Basquiat ("A Quick Killing in Art": Viking 1998)[1] and Alice Neel (Alice Neel: The Art of not Sitting Pretty": St. Martin's Press 2010).[2] As a print journalist Hoban has penned articles on culture and the arts for Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, New York Magazine, The New York Times, GQ and numerous other periodicals.[3]

She is the daughter of the writer Russell Hoban (1925–2011) and writer and illustrator Lillian Hoban (1925–1998). Her parents divorced in 1975.

Early in the 1980s, Lillian and Phoebe Hoban co-wrote two science fiction books for beginning readers, illustrated by Lillian: Ready-set-robot! (Harper & Row, 1982), reissued as The Messiest Robot in Zone One, and The Laziest Robot in Zone One (Harper & Row, 1983).[4]


  1. ^ "BASQUIAT: A Quick Killing in Art by Phoebe Hoban". Kirkus Reviews. June 15, 1998. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ Deborah Solomon (December 29, 2010). "The Nonconformist". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09.  Print edition January 2, 2011, p. BR14. Review of Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty.
  3. ^ "Phoebe Hoban". Macmillan US ( Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  4. ^ WorldCat ( OCLC 7738092; 18151222; 8865482. Retrieved 2015-09-26.

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