A Woman Of Substance: KATHARINE GRAHAM (1917-2001)


Katharine Graham told the story of her life so well and with such raw candor in her 1997 autobiography, the Pulitzer-prizewinning Personal History, that retelling it here seems redundant. It was the tale of a fretful rich girl who married the dazzlingly brilliant Philip Graham. It was her father who owned the Washington Post, but her husband was given majority control of the paper on the theory that no man should ever work for his wife. When she found the manic-depressive Graham dead of a gunshot wound in the bathroom of their country house in 1963, this "doormat wife" at 46...

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