About Lewis Gannett

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Lewis Gannett, the son of an American Foreign Service officer, was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Teheran, Trieste, Rome, and Chevy Chase, MD. He attended George School, a coeducational Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA, The American College in Paris, and Harvard College, from which he graduated with honors. Later he did graduate work in political science at M.I.T., fulfilling course requirements for a Ph.D. with a 4.0 GPA; lamentably, he decided that academic life was not for him and skipped writing the dissertation. Gannett set his sights on writing fiction. In 1993 he published The Living One (Random House), republished in England and in translation in Germany and Japan.In 1996 he published Magazine Beach (HarperPrism), a prescient black comedy about climate change and terrorism, published in translation in Italy. The Living One is currently under film development with an independent Hollywood producer. Gannett also published a number of "novelizations," adaptations of movie and TV scripts to book format, including Denzel Washington's The Siege, three episodes of Chris Carter's Millennium, and three original stories based on the characters of the "Jonny Quest" action-adventure TV cartoon series. Of these only the Quest novellas provided any satisfaction to their author; he considers them minor masterpieces.

Gannett turned to nonfiction in the late 1990s. He authored a series of reports on Bill Clinton's welfare reform for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The reports, published as books and on the Internet, received acclaim. He joined the editorial staff of The Gay and Lesbian Review in 1999, in which he has published and continues to publish numerous essays and reviews. In 1998 Gannett began collaborating with Bill Percy on Percy's memoirs, a project interrupted when Percy sent him to help C. A. Tripp complete his study of the sexuality of Abraham Lincoln, The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln, published by Free Press after Tripp's death in 2005. Also in 2005 Gannett published an article critical of mainstream Lincolnology's assessment of Lincoln's love life in The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the premier academic journal devoted to studies of the 16th president.

Today Gannett continues to work on Bill Percy’s memoirs, and has expanded the project into a series of screenplays about the extraordinary life and times of Percy's cousin, William Alexander Percy, an acclaimed poet, aesthete, and artfully expressive but discreet gay man. The story also includes LeRoy Percy, William Alexander's father, a U.S. senator from Mississippi and a legendary force in "the most Southern place on earth," the Mississippi Delta. In June Gannett will receive a Masters in history from the University of Massachusetts/Boston.

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