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Birmingham, Stephen


Born: May 28, 1932

Ohio connection: Resident

Stephen Birmingham was born in 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Thomas and Editha (Gardner) Birmingham. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1953, and also studied for a time in England. He married Janet Tillson in 1953 and they had three children. They later divorced. Birmingham has a great interest in the upper classes, and has written numerous books about the wealthy, sometimes characterizing them by race, national origin, or even locale. He has written biographies of prominent people such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and novelist John Marquand. He has also written several novels. He is perhaps best known for a controversial study of the African-American upper class, Certain People; and for a trilogy of books on American Jews: Our Crowd; The Grandees: America`s Sephardic Elite; and The Rest of Us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews. Some of Birmingham`s other non-fiction titles are California Rich; The Grandes Dames; and Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address. Some of his novels are The Auerbach Will, The LeBaron Secret, Shades of Fortune, and The Rothman Scandal. Birmingham has also taught writing at the University of Cincinnati. He is now retired and lives in southwest Ohio.