William Murray

William Murray

American writer - novelist
Date of Birth: 08.04.1926
Country: USA

  1. Biography of William Murray
  2. Career and Personal Life
  3. Literary Works
  4. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of William Murray

William Murray, an American novelist and writer, was born on April 8, 1926, in New York City. He began his career as a Roman correspondent for "The New Yorker" before becoming a staff writer and editor for the magazine for over thirty years. Murray's father, William Murray Sr., was married to actress Ilka Chase.

Career and Personal Life

During his time at "The New Yorker," Murray started a column called "Letters from Italy," which he authored exclusively for thirty years. In 1966, he settled in Southern California with his first wife, Doris Murray Kuntz, and they raised three children together. The couple divorced in 1973.

Murray's first novel, "The Sweet Ride," was published in 1968. After marrying Ellis Bigbee in September 1978, Murray embarked on an active writing career. His mystical novellas often explored the secrets of horse racing, and his recurring character, Shifty Lou Anderson, was a professional magician and frequent visitor to the racetrack.

Literary Works

Some of William Murray's notable works include "Nobody's Fool," "When the Fat Man Sings," "The Nightcap King," "Escape Blues," and "A Fine Italian Hand." His novel "The Sweet Ride" was adapted into a film, and his novel "Malibu" inspired a television series.

Later Years and Legacy

In his later years, William Murray resided with his wife Ellis in Del Mar, California, just 3.2 miles from the finish line of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack. Shortly before his death, Murray returned to New York to work on his new book about the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He completed the book a few days before passing away.

William Murray died on March 9, 2005, in New York City at the age of seventy-eight from a heart attack. His legacy includes a diverse range of novels, including "The Rules of the Game," "Tip on a Dead Crab," "The Getaway Blues," and many others. His works continue to captivate readers with their unique blend of mystery, humor, and insight into various topics such as horse racing and Italian culture.