Jim Murphy Biography

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Jim Murphy was born in Newark, New Jersey, on September 25, 1947. His father was a certified public accountant and his mother was an artist who worked as a bookkeeper. Murphy was not particularly interested in reading as a youngster, but he was athletically precocious and adventurous. As a teenager, he held a number of physically demanding jobs, and remembers construction work as his favorite occupation. He also was a nationally ranked high school sprinter who participated on two national champion relay teams. He became interested in literature in high school only after he discovered that there were books adults did not want him to read; this motivated him to find and read those books.

Murphy attended Rutgers University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1970. He attended graduate school briefly at Radcliffe College, and married Elaine A. Kelso, a successful business executive, on December 12,1970. Murphy landed a...

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