Michael Mackenzie Thomas
April 18, 1936
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 7, 2021 (aged 85)|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Education||Yale University (BA)|
Michael Mackenzie Thomas (April 18, 1936 – August 7, 2021) was an American author of nine bestselling novels and a partner at Lehman Brothers. Best known for his financial thrillers, he published his first novel, Green Monday, in 1980. He also published articles in New York Observer, Esquire, The New York Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal.
Early life and education
Thomas was born in Manhattan on April 18, 1936. His father, Joseph A. Thomas, worked as an investment banker and became the youngest partner of Lehman Brothers at 29 years old, in the same year of Thomass birth. His mother, Elinor (Bangs) Thomas, was a real estate broker whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower. Thomas was raised on the Upper East Side and attended the Buckley School, where he served as an editor of its literary magazine, before graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy. He went on to study art history at Yale University, his fathers alma mater. After graduating in 1958, he taught at Yale for a year.
Thomas joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as an assistant curator in 1959, responsible for European paintings. Although he intended to become an art dealer, his father disapproved of this. Thomas joined the staff of Lehman Brothers two years later; his father was not consulted on this beforehand, and this soured their relationship. Thomas was made a partner in 1967, and was a board member of 20th Century Fox and the Los Angeles Rams. He became head of mergers and acquisitions in 1971, but ultimately quit Lehman Brothers that same year after feeling betrayed by the firm.
Thomas went on to work as a consultant, and began writing novels in 1980. His first book, Green Monday, was published that same year. Seven years later, he began writing a long-running column, The Midas Watch, for The New York Observer. Thomas once detailed his subject matter to the New York Times as social climbers, stock market papermongers, real estate shills and assorted other virtuosos of hype and blather. Charlotte Curtis described his early works in The New York Times as extremely unkind to the rich and fashionable, adding that his magazine articles are said to have indulged in gratuitously cruel people-bashing. He consequently became an outcast among the citys high society. Approximately 25 publishing houses rejected his eighth novel, Love & Money (2009), and it eventually took him over a decade to secure one. His final novel, Fixers, was published in 2016.
Thomas married his first wife, Brooke Hayward, in 1956. She was the daughter of actress Margaret Sullavan and agent/producer Leland Hayward. The couple had two children: Jeffrey and William. He married his second wife, Wendell Adams, in 1960. Together, they had three children: Michael, Leslie, and Dorrit. They separated in 1978, and he subsequently married Barbara Siebel four years later. They had one child, Francis. His fourth and final marriage was to Tamara Glenny. They met online in 2003, got married eleven years later, and remained married until his death.
- Fixers (2016)
- Love & Money (2009)
- Bakers Dozen (1996) ISBN 9780374108571
- Black Money (1995) ISBN 9780517595237
- Hanover Place (1990)
- The Ropespinner Conspiracy (1987) ISBN 9780446346764
- Hard Money (1985) ISBN 9780670531103
- Someone Elses Money (1982)
- Green Monday (1980)
- ^ MICHAEL THOMAS Obituary (1936–2021) New York Times. Legacy.com.
- ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (June 27, 1994). Books of The Times; A Financial Thriller With a Message. The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- ^ Michael M. Thomas. Observer. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
- ^ THOMAS, MICHAEL M. Cop on the Wall Street Beat | Esquire | DECEMBER 1986. Esquire | The Complete Archive.
- ^ Michael M. Thomas. The New York Review of Books. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
- ^ Michael M.Thomas Talks Fixers, and Finance Films. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Seelye, Katharine Q. (August 15, 2021). Michael Thomas, Writer and Bête Noire of the Moneyed Class, Dies at 85. The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kurtz, Howard (January 23, 1990). The Writers Unmannerly Feud. The Washington Post. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
- ^ Curtis, Charlotte (June 11, 1985). MUCKRAKER AT WORK – via NYTimes.com.
- ^ a b Morgan, Spencer (June 23, 2009). Michael Thomas Finds It Again. The New York Observer. Archived from the original on August 16, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
- Churchwell, Sarah (July 4, 2009). Bridges over troubled waters. The Guardian. London. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
- Dirda, Michael (February 10, 2016). Fixers: A financial thriller with cameos by Hillary Clinton and Obama. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
- Kurtz, Howard (January 23, 1990). The Writers Unmannerly Feud. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
- Thomas, Michael M. (August 17, 1982). Someone Elses Money. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
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