Podcast Episode #85 – Debby Applegate

This week we interview biographer and historian, Debby Applegate. Her first book, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. This book also was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, NPR’s Fresh Air, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and American Heritage Magazine. Her current book, Madam: A Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age, was published by Doubleday in November 2021. Debby Applegate was interviewed online, via Zoom, on October 29, 2021 by fellow biographer and BIO member John “Jack” Farrell.