Who is the ‘invisible’ author who wrote Prince Harry’s memoirs?
- Robin Levinson-King
- BBC News
In order to write his “alternative” memoir, Prince Harry needed the help of a professional writer specializing in writing biographies of famous people who won prestigious awards and even turned his life story into a film starring Ben Affleck and directed by George Clooney transformed.
It was JR Moringer, the ghostwriter Harry hired to write his memoir and who was reportedly recommended by Clooney.
This isn’t Moringer’s first experience in the world of celebrity memoirs, as he was also the secret author of the biography of American tennis champion Andre Agassi and co-authored the biography of Nike founder Phil Knight.
Page Six reported that Moeringer was paid $1 million for his writing services for “The Alternative.”
While working on his memoir with Agassi, Moringer relocated to Las Vegas and spent more than 250 hours with the sports hero.
To get a feel for Agassi’s psychology, he read the works of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, he told the New York Times.
“Freud was a huge help, especially his Anxiety in Civilization and the idea of the death drive,” he says nature was.
But some of Mehringer’s ideas about Agassi and now Prince Harry – both mysterious men who had difficult relationships with Ahlma – may stem from his complex personal relationship with his father.
Moringer published his memoir The Giving Tavern in 2005. The work follows the writer’s childhood on Long Island, where he was raised alone by his mother and found his father’s spitting image in his uncle Charlie, who ran the local tavern. with a group of his companions.
His father, a rock ‘n’ roll DJ in the early stages of FM radio, left the family.
“My father’s radio job gave me sporadic contact with him, so I was always trying to get in touch with him,” Moeringer said in an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross. He added: “I didn’t understand that he has a specific working time every day. So I sat on the outside steps of the house. I had a radio. I turned it on very slowly, trying to find his voice.”
Moringer’s memoir was cited in a 2021 film of the same name, directed by George Clooney, and Ben Affleck played the role of Uncle Charlie.
Before writing professionally, Moringer attended Yale University and then worked as a news assistant for The New York Times. In 1994 positions at the Colorado and the Los Angeles Times followed.
In 2000, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his written investigation, Transgression, about the tensions that arise when a ferry arrives in a small, isolated Alabama community.
In addition to The Bidding Tavern and his ghostwriting of celebrities, Moringer also wrote a novel, Sutton, about American bank robber Willie Sutton.
The best ghostwriters not only write well, but are able to mimic autobiographical characters without giving the audience the impression that they’re imitating them.
Bookseller Madeline Morel told the Moeringer newspaper Observer: “He’s the best. I’m sure everyone aspires to be like him. He’s a fantastic author. It’s very difficult to write and write this type of book without the biographer looking like someone else.”
But being among the top ghostwriters often means deliberately staying behind the scenes.
After Agassi’s biography Open was published in 2009, Moringer told the New York Times, “A midwife doesn’t go home with the baby.”
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