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About the author

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Californian by birth and Canadian by adoption, Grant Hayter-Menzies has covered broad territory in nearly two decades of journalistic and biographical writing.  He has reviewed music classical, world and experimental; visual art; film, books and theatre; and gay and lesbian issues for such newspapers and magazines as The Portland Oregonian, Willamette Week (Portland, Oregon), the Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon), Just Out (Portland, Oregon), Opera News (New York), BIBLIO, The European Royal History Journal (San Francisco), the Peninsula News Review (Sidney, BC) and Galleries West (Calgary, AB and Vancouver, BC).

He has also worked extensively with playwright William Luce, providing original verse for his musico-biography The Divine Orlando (based on the life of the 16th century composer Orlando di Lasso), produced off Broadway in 1988; translations of German poetry for his 1991 Broadway play, Lucifer’s Child, written for and performed by actress Julie Harris; and translations of Rimbaud for his play Nijinsky, which premiered in Tokyo in January 2000. He has also translated German for the 1997 British edition of Greg King’s The Mad King: A Biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria, and is quoted at length in King's most recent book, The Fate of the Romanovs. (John Wiley & Sons 2003).

His first book was a biography of stage and screen comedienne Charlotte Greenwood [1890-1977]. This book, Charlotte Greenwood: The Life and Career of the Comic Star of Vaudeville, Radio and Film, is the first biography of this performer, and is based on exclusive access to Charlotte's unpublished memoirs, letters and memorabilia.  It was published in May 2007 by McFarland & Company.

Hayter-Menzies' newest book is the first critical biography of the 20th century Qing dynasty memoirist and personality, Princess Der Ling [1885-1944] (Mrs. Elizabeth Antoinette White). Ttled Imperial Masquerade: The Legend of Princess Der Ling, this book was published in January 2008 by Hong Kong University Press.

Hayter-Menzies' current project is a biography of actress and Wizard of Oz icon Billie Burke, whose tumultuous marriage to Florenz Ziegfeld and Hollywood typecasting unjustly overshadowed her superb comedic gifts.  This book, tentatively titled Follow The Yellow Brick Road: A Life of Billie Burke, is scheduled for publication by McFarland & Company in 2009.

Another of Hayter-Menzies's subjects is Olga Ilyin [1894-1991], a great-granddaughter of revered Russian poet Evgeny Baratynsky and a powerful and unjustly neglected writer herself. This book, Russian Odyssey: The Life of Olga Ilyin, is still in search of a publisher. 

Among recent anthologies to which Hayter-Menzies has contributed is a biographical study of the daughters of Russia's Romanov tsars, The Grand Duchesses: Daughters and Granddaughters of Russia's Tsars, published by Arturo Beeche of the European Royal History Journal in August 2004. A companion volume, detailing lives of the Romanov grand dukes, is forthcoming.

For more about the author, go to: www.authorsden.com/grantmmenzies

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 Grant Hayter-Menzies, biographer of Princess Der Ling, grantmenzies@gmail.com