Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Earl Conrad

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: NEW YORK
MacDowell Fellowships: 1957

Earl Conrad (1912-1986)

American author Earl Conrad (1912-1986) began his writing career in his hometown of Auburn, New York, where he worked as a journalist for several newspapers, including PM in New York City. As a correspondent and Harlem bureau chief for The Chicago Defender, Conrad investigated lynchings in the south. This brought him into contact with Haywood Patterson. In 1950, Conrad helped write Patterson’s memoir, Scottsboro Boy, about his experience as one of nine black men accused of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931.

Conrad’s other works include Harriet Tubman (1943), Jim Crow America (1947), The Public School Scandal (1951), Rock Bottom (1952), Gulf Stream North (1954), Mr. Seward for the Defense (1956), The Governor and His Lady: The Story of William Henry Seward and his Wife Frances (1960), The Invention of the Negro (1967) and Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy (1970



Earl Conrad worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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