To the millions around the world who know and love his work, Jim Henson (1936-1990) is more than just the creator of the Muppets; he’s practically a member of the family.
Whether it’s Muppets, Fraggles, Gelflings or Goblin Kings, Jim Henson and his creations have educated, entertained and inspired generations.
Brian Jay Jones is the author of the first full-length biography of the legendary performer and entertainer, written with the generous cooperation of the Henson family and the Jim Henson Legacy. He joins On Biography host Rachel Syme for a conversation on the thrills and challenges of writing about a life.
In the meantime, you can catch a sneak peek of Brian at work, as he researches, interviews, travels and writes. It’s not exactly Where’s Waldo?, but you can click here to see Brian’s Jim Henson Journal.
Brian Jay Jones is an award-winning writer and biographer and presently serves as vice president of Biographers International Organization, the world's largest organization of practicing biographers. Brian is a devoted member of the Jim Henson generation, having been two years old when "Sesame Street" premiered in 1969 and nine when "The Muppet Show" debuted in 1976. A former policy analyst and advisor in the U.S. Senate, Brian abandoned politics for the pen in 2008, with the publication of his award-winning biography Washington Irving. His favorite Muppet is Rowlf, thanks for asking.
Rachel Syme is the former Books Editor of NPR and a current contributor to NPR, The New York Times and the New Yorker. She is currently at work on a book for Random House about F. Scott Fitzgerald's years in Hollywood and his love affair with the gossip columnist Sheilah Graham.
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