Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winners coming to The Mount

This year's lecture series at The Mount has been announced and is up on our website. The concentration is on biography, and it looks like a very exciting group of authors. Two of the works have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes: John Matteson, winner of the 2008 award for Biography for his work Toward the Celestial Country: The Alcotts as a Transcendental Family; and the 2009 winner for History, Annette Gordon-Reed for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

Of course, the precedent was set by Mrs. Wharton herself, who was the first woman to be presented the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (or as it was called then Novel), in 1921 for The Age of Innocence. An interesting tidbit from the library here at The Mount: we do not have Mrs. Wharton's first edition of The Age of Innocence, but she did keep a later edition which has "Pulitzer Prize Winner" blind-stamped on the front cover!