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A Graduate of the Class of ’35 Looks Back—and Fearlessly Forward—in “Purgatory”

Henry Morgenthau III, Deerfield Class of 1935, has had an extraordinarily full life. He's produced award-winning television documentaries, raised children, written a memoir — and yes, his father was the Henry Morgenthau Jr. who was Franklin D. Roosevelt's Treasury Secretary. Now, at age 100, he's promoting his first book of poetry, called A Sunday in Purgatory. He told NPR's Scott Simon that he started writing poetry first because he wanted to establish his own identity, not simply to be a member of a distinguished family. "At the same time, I wanted to recall some of the events that I...
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