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Molly Guptill Manning Bio

Rebuilding Books: Why Paperbacks Replaced Hardcovers

Molly Guptill Manning

Molly Guptill Manning grew up in Latham, New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta from the University at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree in American History. In 2002, she moved to Manhattan to attend the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Presently, she is an attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In 2012 her first book was published, The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax, which tells the true story of how Arthur Train, a popular twentieth-century author, masterminded a hoax that fooled a generation of Americans into believing his most famous character, Ephraim Tutt, was a living person. In the same year, she began writing for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly and has since joined that publication’s Board of Editors. She has also published articles in law journals exploring various legal history topics.

In 2014, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II made its debut. Telling the true tale of how America’s librarians and publishers educated the nation about the importance of books in wartime and distributed over 140 million books to American servicemen during World War II, it commemorates one of the most inspired and long forgotten chapters in American publishing history.  The book is a New York Times best seller.

Molly lives in Manhattan with her husband.