Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

awarded since 1980.

 

2014 selection

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2014

by Megan Marshall

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography   The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine—Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close...


2013 selection

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2013

by Tom Reiss

Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo...


2012 selection

George F. Kennan: An American Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2012, National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2011

by John Lewis Gaddis

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Biography

Widely and enthusiastically acclaimed, this is the authorized, definitive biography of one of the most fascinating but troubled figures of the twentieth century...


2011 selection

Washington: A Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2011

by Ron Chernow

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and...


2010 selection

The First Tycoon

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2010, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2009

by T.J. Stiles

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through...


2009 selection

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2009

by Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated...


2008 selection

Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2008

by John Matteson

"An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence ... colorful and insightful."—Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 

Louisa May Alcott is known universally....


2007 selection

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2007

by Debby Applegate

No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblings—especially...


2006 selection

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Duff Cooper Prize 2008, Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2006, National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2005

by Martin J. Sherwin & Kai Bird

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting...


2004 selection

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2004

by William Taubman

Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs

The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who...


2002 selection

John Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2002

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough....


2000 selection

Véra: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2000

by Stacy Schiff

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and hailed by critics as both “monumental” (The Boston Globe) and “utterly romantic” (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff’s...


1998 selection

Personal History

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1998

by Katharine Graham

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed...


1997 selection

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1997, National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 1996, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1996

by Frank McCourt

"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood...


1996 selection

God: A Biography

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1996

by Jack Miles

What sort of "person" is God? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world's greatest book--as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions,...


1993 selection

Truman

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1993, Lionel Gelber Prize 1992

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s...


1982 selection

Grant

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1982

by William S. McFeely

"Combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages....Biography at its best."-Marcus Cunliffe, The New York Times Book Review; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.The seminal biography of one of America's towering,...


1980 selection

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1980

by Edmund Morris

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Thirty years ago, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Although Theodore...


1967 selection

Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1967

by Justin Kaplan

This book delves into the conflict between Clemens the man seeking success and Twain the man bound by morals.


1966 selection

A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1966

by Jr.", Arthur M. "Schlesinger

As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary Kennedy administration. Schlesinger’s close relationship with...


1961 selection

Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1961

by David Donald

The Puliter-Prize winning classic and national bestseller returns!

Harvard Professor David Herbert Donald traces Sumner's life in this Pulitzer-Prize winning classic about a nation careening toward Civil War....


1958 selection

Washington

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1958

by Douglas Southall Freeman

Washington is the most complete, definitive one-volume biography of George Washington ever written. In 1948 renowned biographer and military historian Douglas Southall Freeman won his second Pulitzer Prize for...


1921 selection

The Americanization of Edward BOK

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1921

by Edward William Bok

The Americanization of Edward Bok is an autobiography, told in the third person, that shares the life of a little Dutch boy unceremoniously set down in America unable to make himself understood or even to know...


1919 selection

The Education of Henry Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1919

by Henry Adams

The Education of Henry Adams records the struggle of Bostonian Henry Adams (1838-1918), in early old age, to come to terms with the dawning 20th century, so different from the world of his youth. It is also...