Coburn, Andrew

There are two collections in the Lawrence Public Library. The first contains the journalistic body of work of Andrew Coburn.  The second just acquired recently was part of the creative process of novel writing.  Included is an illustrated outline of his latest novel On the Loose and the manuscript of Goldilocks.

Andrew Coburn returned from Germany in February of 1963 after unsuccessfully looking for work to be hired by Executive Editor, Bill Heath, of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune as a staff reporter.  Mr. Heath was suitably impressed with one of Coburn’s short stories published in the Transatlantic Review (London & New York).  The Managing Editor, Joe Mahoney, gave Coburn a variety of challenging assignments and in time Coburn was able to choose his own stories.  During this period he became a feature writer in 1966, received a UPI award in 1967 and 1968, became Suburban editor in 1968, received an AP award in 1968, and became city editor in 1970.

In February of 1973 Mr. Coburn resigned from what had become the Eagle-Tribune.  With other former Eagle-Tribune staff he started a weekly, Journal of Greater Lawrence.  Simultaneously he wrote book reviews for the Boston Globe, worked part-time at the Globe copy desk, and occasionally contributed to the Boston Phoenix.  For a short time he was editor of the Lawrence Sun.  Later with Joe Mahoney, he established another weekly, Greater Lawrence TODAY

Mr. Coburn added novels to his body of work.  The success of his second novel, The Babysitter, allowed him to limit his newspaper writing to a weekly column in the North Shore Magazine, a supplement of the Newburyport News, Gloucester Times, Beverly Times, and Peabody Times.  He discontinued newspaper writing in the mid-1980s.

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