Debby Applegate, Author/Historian

Debby Applegate,  Photo by Chris Randall

Debby Applegate, Author/Historian
Photo by Chris Randall

Debby Applegate is a historian whose first book, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  She is currently working on a biography of a famous brothel-keeper in Prohibition-era New York City entitled Madam: The Notorious Life and Time s of Polly Adler, forthcoming from Doubleday.  She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale and then stayed on to become a permanent New Havener.

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