Stephen Birmingham

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Stephen Birmingham (born May 28, 1932) is an American author. He is known for his non-fiction social histories of wealthy American families, often focusing on ethnicity — Jews (his "Jewish trilogy": Our Crowd, The Grandees, The Rest of Us), African-Americans (Certain People), Irish (Real Lace), and the Anglo-Dutch (America's Secret Aristocracy). He has also written several novels, also about rich people. Having written over thirty books, he is now retired.


Born in Hartford, Connecticut to Thomas Birmingham and Editha Gardner Birmingham, Stephen Birmingham received a BA from Williams College in 1953. He is a former teacher of writing at the University of Cincinnati and also studied for a time in England. He married Janet Tillson in 1953 and they had three children, but later divorced. Birmingham has a great interest in the upper classes, and has written numerous books about the wealthy in the United States, generally focusing on their ethnicity, national origins, and geographic locale. His biographies include those of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Wallis Warfield Windsor, and novelist John Marquand. His study of the African-American upper class — Certain People — generated some controversy. His trilogy of books on American Jews: Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York, The Grandees: America`s Sephardic Elite, and The Rest of Us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews are perhaps his best known works. Birmingham is now retired and lives in southwest Ohio.




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