James Kaplan has been writing noted fiction, journalism, and biography for over four decades. His essays and reviews, as well as more than a hundred major profiles of figures ranging from Madonna to Nicholson Baker, Ralph Lauren to John Updike, Miles Davis to Meryl Streep, and Arthur Miller to Larry David, have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. HIs first novel, Pearl's Progress, was published by Knopf in 1989. His nonfiction portrait of John F. Kennedy International Airport, The Airport (1994) — called "a splendid book" by Gay Talese — remains a classic of aviation literature and New York storytelling. His second novel, Two Guys From Verona (1998), was chosen by The New York Times as one of its Notable Books of the Year.
In 2002 Kaplan co-authored the autobiography of John McEnroe, You Cannot Be Serious, which was an international bestseller (and number one on The New York Times list). His 2005 book Dean and Me: A Love Story, co-written with Jerry Lewis and published by Doubleday, was a New York Times bestseller as well. And in 2016, Kaplan co-wrote Mariana Abramovic's memoir Walk Through Walls, to be published by Crown in October.
In November 2010, Doubleday published rank: The Voice, the first volume of Kaplan's definitive biography of Frank Sinatra. The book was also a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen by Times chief book critic Michiko Kakutuni as one of her Top Ten Books of 2010. In 2012, James Kaplan was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for nonfiction. In October 2015, Doubleday published the bestselling second volume of Kaplan's Frank Sinatra biography, inatra: The Chairman, winner of the Biographers International Organization's Award for Excellence in Biography.
James Kaplan lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.
Kaplan's enthralling tale of an American icon serves as an introduction of "old blue eyes" to a new generation of listeners while winning the hearts of Sinatra's diehard fans. - Publishers Weekly
In recounting his subject’s rise and fall and rise again — all before the age of 40 — Mr. Kaplan gives us a wonderfully vivid feel for the worlds Sinatra traversed, from Hoboken and New York to Hollywood and Las Vegas, as well as the rapidly shifting tastes in music that shaped him and were later shaped by him. - The New York Times