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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Asa Baber  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2003 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Asa Baber on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Baber was a life long Chicago resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Asa Baber was a novelist, lecturer, and award wining columnist and journalist. He was a contributing editor for Playboy magazine for many years. In September 2001, Baber was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (Coincidentally, Baber shared a birthday with his hero, Lou Gehrig.) Upon making an announcement on the 2002 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Baber was elected to serve as national president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a post he held until his death.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Tranquillity Base and Other Stories
ISBN: 0931362016

Fiction Intl. 1979

Twelve stories including The Ambush, Close By Gatsby, and The Last Train to Limbo present an array of characters caught in the throes of paranoia, isolation, and an inability to face reality

The Land Of A Million Elephants
ISBN: 0962852422

Chevy Chase, MD Burning Cities. 1992

Book by Baber, Asa

Naked at Gender Gap: A Man's View of the War Between the Sexes
ISBN: 1559721146

Birch Lane Pr. 1992

The celebrated Playboy columnist offers his slant on relations between the sexes in a collection of essays with such provoking titles as "Equal Rights for Men," "Boss Ladies," and "The L Word." By the author of The Land of a Million Elephants.