Katharine Hepburn's Biographer to Speak at Yale Library on December 11
William J. Mann, author of “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn,” will speak at Yale on December 11 at 4 p.m. in the lecture hall of Sterling Memorial Library, 128 Wall Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Mann’s 2006 biography of the Hartford-born screen icon was called “monumental, thoughtful, measured, and delicately written…the definitive biography of Hepburn” by the Sunday London Times and was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Mann’s research relied on detailed archival work and included the use of the H. Phelps Putnam and F.O. Matthiessen collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Mann is the author of five novels: “The Men from the Boys,” “The Biograph Girl,” “Where the Boys Are,” “All American Boy” and “Men Who Love Men,” in addition to four acclaimed books on Hollywood film history: “Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines,” “Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood,” “Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger” and the biography of Katharine Hepburn. A native of Connecticut, he has worked on Capitol Hill and as a journalist with Metroline, New England’s oldest LGBTQ publication. His work has also appeared in numerous anthologies.