HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP
HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP
The Times and New Media Outlets Win Pulitzers
Source: NYT, 4-16-12
2012 Journalism Pulitzer Winners (April 17, 2012)
2012 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music (April 17, 2012)
The prizes, celebrating achievement in newspaper and online journalism, literature, nonfiction and musical composition, were announced at Columbia University in New York. Given annually since 1917, they are awarded in 21 categories. Here are this year’s winners.
PUBLIC SERVICE: The Philadelphia Inquirer
BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of The Associated Press and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times
EXPLANATORY REPORTING: David Kocieniewski of The New York Times
LOCAL REPORTING: Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, Pa.
NATIONAL REPORTING: David Wood of The Huffington Post
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING: Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times
FEATURE WRITING: Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
COMMENTARY: Mary Schmich of The Chicago Tribune
CRITICISM: Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe
EDITORIAL WRITING: No award
EDITORIAL CARTOONING: Matt Wuerker of Politico
BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY: Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post
LETTERS AND DRAMA
FICTION: No award
DRAMA: “Water by the Spoonful” by Quiara Alegría Hudes
HISTORY: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable, awarded posthumously (Viking)
BIOGRAPHY: “George F. Kennan: An American Life” by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)
POETRY: “Life on Mars” by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION: “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt (W. W. Norton and Company)
MUSIC: “Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts” by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011.
Pulitzer Prize for history, but not for fiction
The late Manning Marable won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for history, honored for a Malcolm X book. But no Pulitzer Prize was awarded for fiction.
Source: CS Monitor, 4-16-12
The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history Monday, honored for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades, but did not live to see published. For the first time in 35 years, no fiction prize was given.
Marable, a longtime professor at Columbia University, died last year just as “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” was being released. Years in the making, the book was widely praised, although some of Malcolm X’s children objected to the troubled portrait Marable offered of the activist’s marriage to Betty Shabazz.
Another long-term project, John Lewis Gaddis’ “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” won the Pulitzer for biography. Gaddis is a Yale University professor and leading Cold War scholar who began work on the Kennan book in the early 1980s. The project was delayed by Kennan’s longevity. Kennan, a founding Cold War strategist and a Pulitzer winner, was in his 70s at the time he authorized the book. He asked only that Gaddis wait until after his death.
Kennan lived to 101.
Gaddis wins Pulitzer for Kennan biography
Source: Yale Daily News, 4-16-12
History Prof. John Lewis Gaddis received the National Humanities Medal in 2005. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
History professor John Lewis Gaddis can add yet another accolade to his biography of American diplomat George Kennan: the Pulitzer Prize, America’s most prestigious award for letters.
Gaddis won the 2012 biography Pulitzer for “George F. Kennan: An American Life,” which was published in November after nearly two decades of research. In naming Gaddis the winner, the Pulitzer jurors called his work “an engaging portrait of a globetrotting diplomat whose complicated life was interwoven with the Cold War and America’s emergence as the world’s dominant power.”
Mary Gabriel’s “Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution” and Manning Marble’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” were named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
In March, Gaddis’ biography took home the American History Book Prize, earning him $50,000 and the title of American Historian Laureate. The Kennan biography also won the National Book Critics Circle Award….READ MORE