Safire, William L.
Safire, William L. săf´īr˝ [key], 1929–2009, American journalist and speechwriter, b. New York City as William Safir. A former reporter and public-relations executive, he became a speechwriter (1968–73) for Richard Nixon during his 1968 presidential campaign and continued in the post in the White House. From 1973 to 2005 his twice-weekly editorial columns in the New York Times provided a consistently conservative and outspoken perspective on American politics he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1978. His On Language column (1979–2009) for the New York Times Magazine explored the richness of modern American English and decried abuses of the language. Safire also wrote a number of books on language, a memoir of his time in the White House (1975), and several novels including Scandalmonger (2000).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Journalism and Publishing: Biographies
Browse by Subject
- Earth and the Environment +-
- History +-
- Literature and the Arts +-
- Medicine +-
- People +-
- Philosophy and Religion +-
- Places +-
- Australia and Oceania
- Britain, Ireland, France, and the Low Countries
- Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic Nations
- Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Oceans, Continents, and Polar Regions
- Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and the Balkans
- United States, Canada, and Greenland
- Plants and Animals +-
- Science and Technology +-
- Social Sciences and the Law +-
- Sports and Everyday Life +-