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Caleb Carr
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    (August 2, 1955- )
    Born in Manhattan, New York
    Wrote the novels 'Casing the Promised Land' (1980), 'The Alienist' (1994), 'The Angel of Darkness' (1997), 'Killing Time' (2000) and 'The Italian Secretary' (2005)
    Wrote the non-fiction books 'America Invulnerable: The Quest for Absolute Security from 1812 to Star Wars' (with James Chace, 1989), 'The Devil Soldier' (1992) and 'The Lessons of Terror' (2002)
    Contributing editor to 'MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History'
    He said, 'I have a grim outlook on the world and in particular on humanity. I spent years denying it, but I am very misanthropic.'
    He ran unsuccessfully for the Rensselaer County Legislature.
    After two female critics gave bad reviews to 'The Lessons of Terror,' he wrote that women were not qualified to critique military history and should stick to writing about 'bad women's fiction.'
    He also called one of the critics 'a bitchy wise-ass.'
    His father and stepfather were heavy drinkers and he said, 'It's safe to assume I know something about family violence and childhood violence from first-hand experience.'
    His period details in 'The Alienist' were so accurate, he initially convinced his agent and editor that it was a true story.
    When Random House objected to the title of 'The Alienist' because no one would know what one was, he replied 'So what? When people read the book they'll realise that an alienist is an early form of psychologist and they've learnt something.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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