Peter Kurth was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1953. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where he earned departmental honors in English and Theatre. His first book, Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson (Little, Brown 1983), was an international bestseller and made into an NBC television miniseries. Kurths biography of anti-fascist journalist Dorothy Thompson, American Cassandra, also published by Little, Brown, was a bestseller in trade paperback and won the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award as the best book about American journalism of 1990. In 1995-1996 Kurth was the author of Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra and co-author (with Eleanor Lanahan and Jane S. Livingston) of Zelda: An Illustrated Life: The Private World of Zelda Fitzgerald (Abrams). He has appeared on numerous television documentaries as an expert in Russian, royal, and literary history. In 1989 Kurth was diagnosed with HIV infection, an event that unavoidably changed his life and altered the direction of his writing. His commentary on AIDS issues has been heard on National Public Radio, and in 1997 he became "Lazarus" columnist for POZ magazine.
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