Elizabeth Hawes grew up in the Midwest, arrived in New York after college at Mount Holyoke and study and teaching in France, and has been a writer since her early days at The New Yorker, drawn particularly to the arts and urban culture, gradually working her way from journalism to longer narratives and biography. In the process, she married, had three children and a variety of dogs, moved out of the city and back to the city and from uptown to downtown.
Elizabeth is the author most recently of Camus, A Romance, (Grove Press) a biography/memoire of the Nobel Prize-winning French-Algerian writer, and New York, New York: How the Apartment House Transformed the Life of the City, 1869-1930, (Knopf) a narrative account of the golden age of the New York apartment house that reveals how New York was transformed from a provincial place into a great metropolis. A former staff member of The New Yorker, Elizabeth has contributed Talk of the Town and Reporter pieces to that magazine, and essays and reviews to The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The Nation, Vogue, and numerous other publications. She also wrote Martha Stewart’s best-selling books Entertaining and Weddings.