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Walter Karp

Born: May 14, 1934

Death: Jul 19, 1989

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Walter Karp

Date of Birth : May 14, 1934
Date of Death : Jul 19, 1989
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Walter B. Karp was an American journalist, historian, and writer who published in magazines such as American Heritage and Horizon, and also was a contributing editor for Harper's magazine, which re-published some of his political history books in 2003. As an historian, he emphasized the close relationship between domestic and international politics, and the shallowness of the modern two-party system of the US, proposing power and militarism — not money — as the corrupting influences upon politics. Walter Karp was born in Brooklyn, New York City, and studied anthropology at Columbia College of Columbia University, and was graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1955. He began his career as a popular science writer, penning Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species a young-adult book about Charles Darwin. Later, he began writing about politics, his opposition response to the Vietnam War. In 1969, he and H. R. Shapiro, a friend and fellow writer, founded the fortnightly magazine The Public Life, which W. H. Auden praised.


  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Historian

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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