Annal: 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1994.

Book:W.E.B. Dubois

W.E.B. Dubois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919

David Levering Lewis

This monumental biography—eight years in the research and writing—treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever the way Americans think about themselves.

Book:Genet

Genet: A Biography

Edmund White

A meticulously researched biography of Jean Genet, one of France’s most notorious writers. Acclaimed novelist and essayist Edmund White illuminates Genet’s experiences in the worlds of crime, homosexuality, politics, and high culture, and gives a compelling analysis of Genet’s plays, novels, and essays.

Book:In Extremis

In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding

Deborah Baker

In her poetry, fiction, essays, and public statements, Laura Riding, the author of twenty-three books, tackled feminism, communism, sexuality, Freud, language and belief, and the coming-of-age of the American dream. In her personal relationships she was often at the center of a circle of friends and artists whose activities she inspired and sometimes controlled. Her extraordinary range of associates included writers as diverse as Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, Malcolm Cowley, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren. During a long and “scandalous” affair with Robert Graves, she watched over his most productive period and guided much of his best work. Together they launched the New Criticism.

Laura Riding, who died in 1991 at the age of ninety, was a deeply divided woman whose ability to create a personal mythology and continually reimagine herself could be both astonishing and maddening. The frequent subject of outrageous rumor and intense…[more]

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