Annal: 1992 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 1992.

Book:Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 1. 1884-1933

Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 1. 1884-1933

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt is arguably the most important woman in American political history. She polarized people during her life, and as this biography proves, continues to do so to this day.

Cook rescues Roosevelt from her role as long-suffering matron. In her place stands a woman fully realized—evolving, self-directed. Her life celebrated social justice combined with enduring emotional relationships.

“A great story told with verve and charm.” (The New York Times)

Book:Edgar A. Poe

Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance

Kenneth Silverman

From a Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer, the most revealing, fascinating, and important biography of one of our greatest literary figures.

Book:Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin

Deena Ruth Rosenberg

The 100th birthdays of George and Ira Gershwin (in 1898 and 1896, respectively) are being celebrated around the world. The centennials are the perfect occasion to reflect on the brothers’ rich legacy to American theater music. “The Man I Love,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “A Foggy Day”—together they wrote 700 songs and dozens of shows that defined an age and revolutionized the musical theater. Essential to any consideration of their achievement is Deena Rosenberg’s Fascinating Rhythm, the only book to closely examine the brothers’extraordinary collaboration.

First published in 1991, this pioneering work—which grew out of extensive interviews with Ira Gershwin and draws on much unpublished material from his archives—provides an interpretation and critical history of the Gershwin opus. Focusing on the major songs and shows and on the creative process that produced them, Rosenberg traces the development of the Gershwins’ vocabulary,…[more]

Book:A Prophet With Honor

A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story

William Martin

From this engaging and comprehensive book, both religious and secular readers will gain better under-standing of the most successful evangelist in Christian history and the movement he has led for four decades.

Book:Salem Is My Dwelling Place

Salem Is My Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Edwin Haviland Miller

In one of his public disavowals of autobiography, Nathaniel Hawthorne informed his readers that external traits “hide the man, instead of displaying him,” directing them instead to “look through the whole range of his fictitious characters, good and evil, in order to detect any of his essential traits.” In this multidimensional biography of America’s first great storyteller, Edwin Haviland Miller answers Hawthorne’s challenge and reveals the inner landscapes of this modest, magnetic man who hid himself in his fiction. Thomas Woodson hails Miller’s account as “the best biography of this most elusive of American authors.”

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