Len Lamensdorf, Author and Playwright Mr. Lamensdorf is an award-winning author of eight novels including ‘The Ballad of Billy Lee, The Story of George Washington’s Favorite Slave’, three full-length plays, and the motion picture, ‘Cornbread, Earl and Me’. A three-time Silberman Memorial Scholar and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago, Len studied playwriting at UCLA with Theatre Arts Department Chairman Kenneth Macgowan, founder of the world-famous Provincetown Players and the original producer of the plays of Eugene O’Neill. Lamensdorf also received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, and completed his post-graduate work at Harvard Law School. Acclaimed by Pulitzer Prize winners Joseph J. Ellis and Ron Chernow for his "(work that is) Rooted firmly in the historical record”, and “beautiful job of coaxing [Billy Lee] out into the sunlight”, Len continues working and lives in California with his wife.