Washington Post’s David Maraniss Wants to Write Obama Biography; In Talks With Simon & Schuster

Fans of David Maraniss’s classic Bill Clinton biography First in His Class, rejoice! According to his D.C.-based literary agent, Rafe Sagalyn, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor is planning to write a biography of President-elect Barack Obama.

“He’ll do for Obama what he did for Clinton,” Mr. Sagalyn said. “That’s the model.”

Mr. Sagalyn cautioned that a contract with Mr. Maraniss’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, has not yet been finalized, but sounded sure that the ongoing conversations would soon lead to an agreement.

That doesn’t mean the book is around the corner, though: According to Mr. Sagalyn, Mr. Maraniss is going to take his time, and not worry about any of the other people working on Obama books. For reference: First in His Class came out in the spring of 1995, so if the time-frame on that book is any indication (which it probably isn’t) readers should expect Mr. Maraniss’s take on President Obama to see the light of day sometime in 2011.

Washington Post’s David Maraniss Wants to Write Obama Biography; In Talks With Simon & Schuster