The last time I checked, author and historian Robert Caro was still writing the fifth volume in his massive history of Lyndon B. Johnson. I’ve written a few posts on Caro over the years because I am always fascinated by the way historians work.
Robert Caro is famous for colossal biographies of colossal figures. “The Power Broker,” his Pulitzer Prize-winning life of Robert Moses, weighed in at nearly 1,300 pages. His as-yet-unfinished biography of Lyndon B. Johnson — he likes to call the volume-in-progress “the fifth of a projected three” — totals 3,444 pages and counting.
The books are already monumental. And now Mr. Caro is getting monumental treatment himself.
The New-York Historical Society has acquired Mr. Caro’s papers — some 200 linear feet of material that will be open to researchers in its library. And just as important to the 84-year-old Mr. Caro, it will create a permanent installation in its museum galleries dedicated to showing how he got the job done.
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