The Good Neighbor
The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
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- Publication Date: September 17, 2019
- Imprint: Abrams Press
- Trim Size: 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4
- ISBN: 9781419735165
- Page Count: 416
- Illustrations: 35 black-and-white photographs throughout
- Rights: US and Canada
The definitive biography of Fred Rogers, children’s television pioneer and American cultural icon, an instant New York Times bestseller
Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness, fiercely devoted to children and taking their questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor is the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers.
Based on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, The Good Neighbor traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work. It includes his surprising decision to walk away from the show in 1976 to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood to help children face complex issues such as divorce, discipline, mistakes, anger, and competition. The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure.
About the author
Maxwell King is the CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. After a career in journalism, including eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, King served as president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments for nearly a decade.