Author Kaplan ’73 Speaks on Writing Process (with VIDEO)

Olivia DrakeFebruary 14, 20115min

James Kaplan ’73, the Writing Programs’ 2011 Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University, held a question and answer session with students Feb. 9, 2011. Kaplan has been writing about people and ideas in business and popular culture, and also writing fiction, for over three decades. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

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Students asked Kaplan several questions about his book, "Frank: The Voice."

Kaplan’s essays and reviews, as well as more than 100 major profiles of figures ranging from Calvin Klein to Larry David, have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Esquire. After meeting with students, he spoke at the Russell House as part of the Writing at Wesleyan Spring 2011 Russell House Series. (Photo by NamAnh Ta)

Kaplan sold copies of his book, “Frank: The Voice” during the Russell House talk. “Frank: The Voice” is about the early life of one of America’s best known American singers and entertainers of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra, from the years 1915 through 1954. Kaplan reveals how Sinatra helped to make the act of listening to pop music a more personal experience to his fans than it had ever been before.