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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Kurson grew up in the Chicago suburbs and still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Kurson is best known for his 2004 bestselling book, ''Shadow Divers'', the true story of two Americans who discover a World War II German U-boat sunk 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. Kurson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law School. He began his career as an attorney practicing real estate law. Kurson's professional writing career began at the Chicago ''Sun-Times'', where he started as a sports agate clerk and soon gained a full-time features writing job. In 2000, Esquire published "My Favorite Teacher," his first magazine story, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He moved from the ''Sun-Times'' to ''Chicago'' magazine, then to ''Esquire'', where he won a National Magazine Award and was a contributing editor for years. His stories have appeared in ''Rolling Stone'', ''The New York Times Magazine'', and other publications.

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