Hitchens Biography Proceeds, Against Widow's Wishes

Stephen Phillips was doing dishes and listening to the podcast “A Life in Biography” one evening last fall when he learned why some people were not responding to his emails.

He is writing a book for W.W. Norton about the writer and polemicist Christopher Hitchens, who died in 2011. But Carol Blue-Hitchens, the author’s widow, and Steve Wasserman, his literary agent, were not planning to participate in Phillips’s project, the podcast explained, and they encouraged family, friends and colleagues not to talk to him either.

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