Book on Alain Locke Wins Pulitzer Prize

A book on philosopher Alain Locke has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (University of California, Santa Barbara) presents “a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired.”

Alain Locke, born in 1885, went to college at Harvard and then became the first African-American Rhodes Scholar, studying philosophy at Oxford. He then returned to Harvard for his PhD, and taught for much of his career at Howard University. He was a theorist and critic of art and literature, and a philosopher specializing in ethics, race, culture, and aesthetics.

Professor Stewart’s book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction last year.

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