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P. 1. ), The Pulitzer Prizes, op. , p. 61. 154 Cf. Hcin/-D. Fischer/Erika J. ), The Pulitzer Prize Archive, Vol. 7: American History Awards, op. , pp. 183 ff. LIII with regard to a definite favorite for the award. It was reported to the Advisory Board, that "two of your jurors... recommend that the ... Pulitzer Prize for Biography be awarded to B. L. Reid for The Man from New York" while the third was "of the opinion that the prize should go to Clifford K. Shipton for his Harvard Graduates. "156 These two members of the jury, however, considered the title The Man from New York to be a book that "surprised many readers in that its subject, John Quinn, a New York lawyer who died in 1924, was virtually unknown, yet the biography revealed him as an active supporter of the significant art movements of the first quarter-century...
KENNEDY IN THE W H I T E HOUSE THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING BOOK BY Arthur M. Schlesinger, JR LII of what promises to be a major biography... Frederic A. Pottle's James Boswell - The Early Years, 1740-1769 is likewise a work in progress... To sum up,... we unanimously recommend that the Pulitzer Prize for Biography... 150 The jurors of 1968 (Walter J. Bate, Lyman H. Butterfield and Ernest Samuels) "have found five of the numerous books submitted... worthy of the Pulitzer Prize in biography," their report reads, presenting this order of rank: "1.
XLVIII Schorer's Lewis is one of the most penetrating and revealing biographies of an American man of letters that we have ever had... Swanberg's Hearst is an entertaining and colorful account of a life that was also full of painful aspects and ambiguities. 135 The Advisory Board, Hohenberg reports, "voted overwhelmingly for W. A. Swanberg's Citizen Hearst"136 but for the first time in the whole History of the Pulitzer Prize the Columbia Trustees refused it's consent to the Board's vote and decided "to make no biography award"137 that year.