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OUP book wins Pulitzer prize
17 April 2019
We are delighted that the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Biography has been awarded to OUP author Jeffrey C. Stewart, for his Oxford title The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.
The Pulitzer Prize is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, and has been awarded since 1917. Stewart's offering joins a few other OUP books which have won the prize in the past.
Met with much critical acclaim, The New Negro was also awarded the US National Book Award earlier this year. Based on the primary sources of his life and interviews with those who knew Locke personally, Stewart gives a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, Locke believed artistic expression was crucial to racial progress and so helped establish the idea that Black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity.
Speaking about the book, Stewart said, 'We don’t often celebrate people who create room and space for others. That’s one thing I really love about Locke.'
This year’s Pulitzer winners will receive their prizes at a celebratory luncheon hosted by the president of Columbia University in May this year.