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Stefan Kanfer

Stefan Kanfer is a contributing editor of City Journal, where he writes extensively on a range of political, social, and cultural topics. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Last Empire: De Beers, Diamonds, and the World (1995) and Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy, and Mishugas of the Yiddish Theater in America (2006). He wrote and edited at Time for more than 20 years, during which he was a cinema and theater reviewer and essayist and, for a decade, senior editor of the magazine’s book review section. Before becoming a journalist, Kanfer wrote for the theater and television, contributing material to Victor Borge, Gwen Verdon, and Alan Funt, among others.

The recipient of numerous awards, Kanfer was installed as a Literary Lion at the New York Public Library. He has been a writer in residence at CUNY and a visiting professor at SUNY-Purchase and Wesleyan University. Kanfer has been the only Time writer to win the Penney-Missouri School of Journalism Prize and the Westchester Writers Prize.


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