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Taylor Branch

writer, 1989 Pulitzer Prize

Taylor Branch is best known for his prizewinning trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The first volume, *Parting the Waters: America in the King Years*, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-Fiction in 1988. The subesquent two volumes, and *Pillar of Fire and At Canaan's Edge* also went on to win numerous awards. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of *The Washington Monthly*, *Harper's*, and *Esquire*. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.