Holt has acquired the rights to a biography of the late
Robin Williams, to be written by New York Times culture
reporter Dave Itzkoff.
book will provide the definitive, comprehensive account
of Williams’s life and will recount his journey from
lonesome youth to indefatigable comedian, and from
television sensation to beloved, Academy Award-winning
star of ‘Dead Poets Society,’ ‘Aladdin,’ and ‘Good
Will Hunting,’" Henry Holt said in a press
63, died in an apparent suicide earlier this month.
Having long battled addiction, Williams was sober at the
time of his death, but was suffering the early stages of
Parkinson’s disease, family members said.
interviewed Williams several times, most recently for a
profile in 2009, when Williams was recovering from
open-heart surgery. "You appreciate little
things," Williams told Itzkoff, "like walks on
the beach with a defibrillator."
Williams was a cultural hero of mine, and in the
encounters and interactions I was able to share with
him, he was always gentle and generous, humane and
thoughtful and hilarious," Itzkoff said in a press
Holt did not announce a publication date.