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Russell Wayne Baker is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer known for his satirical commentary and self-critical prose, as well as for his autobiography, Growing Up. Baker is the eldest of three children born to Benny and Lucy Elizabeth Baker in Morrisonville, Virginia. He has two full sisters, Doris Audrey and one half-sister, Mary Leslie from his mother's second marriage to Herbert Orrison. When Baker was five years old his father died of diabetes. Poor during the Depression, his mother gave Audrey up for adoption to her brother-in-law and his wife; she then moved the family to Belleville, New Jersey to live with her brother and sister-in-law. Later they moved to urban Baltimore, where he graduated from the Baltimore City College high school in 1943 and received his B.A. from the Writing Seminars in the School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in 1947.