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|Annual awards by Columbia University. Prizes in Letters are for books published in the US - fiction, biography, general non-fiction, history and poetry.|
| Biography: Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life |
by Joan D. Hedrick
Harriet Beecher Stowe, daughter of a preacher, married to a poor Biblical scholar, and mother of nine, had the early good fortune of an education at a school founded by her feminist older sister. To help support her family, Stowe began to write. In 1851, born of evangelical outrage against slavery, her novel Uncle Tom`s Cabin made her famous. Today the very name conveys white paternalism and black passivity, but Hedrick points out that this unfairly ignores the "freedom narrative" of a book that had an electrifying effect on the abolitionist cause. When Abraham Lincoln met Stowe in 1862 he joked, "So you`re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." Hedrick`s illuminating biography of this remarkable woman won the 19... Read more...
| Drama: The Young Man from Atlanta|
by Horton Foote
In 1950s Houston, an affluent couple is transformed by tragedy when their son dies under mysterious circumstances and the husband loses his job of 40 years. Read more...
| Fiction: The Stone Diaries|
by Carol Shields
This fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, captured in Daisy`s vivacious yet reflective voice, has been winning over readers since its publication in 1995, when it won the Pulitzer Prize. After a youth marked by sudden death and loss, Daisy escapes into conventionality as a middle-class wife and mother. Years later she becomes a successful garden columnist and experiences the kind of awakening that thousands of her contemporaries in mid-century yearned for but missed in alcoholism, marital infidelity and bridge clubs. The events of Daisy`s life, however, are less compelling than her rich, vividly described inner life--from her memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death. Shields` sensuous prose and her... Read more...
| General NonFiction: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution...|
by Jonathan Weiner
Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend twenty years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are four hundred at the time of the author`s visit, or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about twenty generations of finches -- continuously. is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould. Read more...
| History: No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The ...|
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
A compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. With an uncanny feel for detail and a novelist`s grasp of drama and depth, Doris Kearns Goodwin brilliantly narrates the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States. Goodwin paints a comprehensive, intimate portrait that fills in a historical gap in the story of our nation under the Roosevelts. Read more...
| Poetry: The Simple Truth: Poems|
by Philip Levine
Philip Levine`s 15th collection of poetry muses on the past--everything from friends lost, decisions made and potatoes eaten is remembered and considered. With humor and strikingly modest wisdom, Levine mingles realism and romanticism, producing fascinating, emotionally persuasive shifts and tonal modulations that epitomize a lived truth. As he laments his losses, he is also stoic, bending to acknowledge the misfortunes of others in total sympathy. The Simple Truth was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1995.Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 1995, Philip Levine goes from strength to strength, having received the National Book Ward for Poetry for his earlier book What Work Is. This is the first paperback edition of... Read more...
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