Paul Alexander has published eight books, focusing on authors Sylvia Plath and J.D. Salinger and political figures Karl Rove, John Kerry, and John McCain. His biography of Salinger was adapted into the documentary Salinger which first appeared on American Masters on PBS. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, New York, the Nation, the Village Voice, the New York Observer, Out, the Advocate, the New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere.
He is the author of the plays Strangers in the Land of Canaan and Edge, a one-woman play about Sylvia Plath. A graduate of the University of Alabama and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is a member of the Authors Guild and PEN American Center.
He is at work on a book about Billie Holiday. He lives in New York City.