He knew James Thurber. He corresponded with H.L. Mencken. When he was 11 or 12, he had the gall to tell his mother: “Mother, how can I be quiet if you insist upon making statements that are not factually accurate?”
Liberal historian, author, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Schlesinger is dead today at 89.
“Problems will always torment us,” he wrote, “because all important problems are insoluble: that is why they are important. The good comes from the continuing struggle to try and solve them, not from the vain hope of their solution.”
Read the New York Times obituary here: Arthur Schlesinger, Historian of Power, dies at 89