The Ramones, Sontag, Ebert Among 75 Biographies Added to the American National Biography

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Oxford University Press adds a collection of new lives to the American National Biography and debuts new interactive feature.

Twice a year, this digital resource updates with new profiles of recently deceased Americans who have shaped world history and culture. The 75 new biographies will be free to explore until October 2015.

Editor in Chief of ANB Online Susan Ware is a leading feminist biographer and senior advisor at The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute.

Said Ware of the spotlight biography on The Ramones, “Masterfully weaving together the biographies of its four original members, [author Nicholas Rubin] highlights their individual contributions while also analyzing the group’s enormous influence on punk rock in the 1970s and beyond.

In honor of this update, Oxford developed a new digital feature to provide background on the ANB resource. Visit to view.

Additional names include Eartha Kitt, Kurt Cobain, Shirley Template Black, Marvin Hamlisch, Mickey Rooney, and Mark Felt (Watergate’s infamous “Deep Throat”). Compelling stories are brought to light with some of ANB’s lesser known figures—like activists Shulamith Firestone, Anna Rochester, and Josephine Casey.

These biographies join the expanding collection of nearly 19,000 biographies already online.

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