A. J. Liebling Biography
Birthday: October 18, 1904 (Libra)
Born In: New York City
A. J. Liebling was a prominent American journalist known for his long-term association with ‘The New Yorker’. Counted amongst the most creative journalists of his age, he is remembered for his many quotes and aphorisms, such as "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one"; "People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news"; and "I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better." Born into a well-to-do family in New York City, he developed an early interest in writing. Rebellious and independent-minded, he dropped out of Dartmouth College and then enrolled in the School of Journalism at Columbia University. Following his graduation he embarked on a career as a journalist in the sports department of the ‘New York Times’, from where he was supposedly fired. At the insistence of his father he then studied French medieval literature at the Sorbonne in Paris for a year before resuming his journalistic career. He worked as a war correspondent during the World War II, filing many stories from Africa, England, and France. He returned to his regular work after the war and also wrote extensively on topics like food, drinks, and sports.