This cover picture launched by Simon & Schuster exhibits “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” by David W. Blight, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History. (Simon & Schuster by way of AP)
Aretha Franklin acquired an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the late icon “for her indelible contribution to American music and tradition.” Competitive Pulitzers have been awarded to books about two different giants of American historical past: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.
David W. Blight’s 900-web page “Frederick Douglass” was named one of the best work of historical past, while the biography prize went to Jeffrey C. Stewart’s “The New Negro: The Lifetime of Alain Locke.” Richard Powers’ revolutionary novel “The Overstory,” which exhibits us the world by means of the attitude of timber, gained for fiction. The drama prize went to “Fairview,” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and Eliza Griswold’s “Amity and Prosperity: One Household and the Fracturing of America” gained for common nonfiction. Ellen Reid’s opera “p r i s m” was given the music award, and Forrest Gander’s elegiac “Be With” the poetry prize.
The lives of Franklin, Douglass and Locke spanned and helped outline greater than a century of political and social change: Douglass was the nation’s main abolitionist of the nineteenth century, Locke the so-referred to as “Dean” of the Harlem Renaissance of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties and Franklin a transcendent and galvanizing voice of the civil rights and feminist actions of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. Franklin, who died last summer time, was the first lady singled out for an honorary Pulitzer, which has been given to Bob Dylan and John Coltrane among others.
Powers, 61, has lengthy been praised by critics and fellow writers for his blend of science, literature and know-how; Margaret Atwood has likened his presents and…