Pulitzers given to Aretha Franklin, author Richard Powers

Entertainment 04/15/19, 15:02

Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the late icon "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke.David W. Blight's 900-page "Frederick Douglass" was named the ...

Old mistake fixed on NY Capitol’s Frederick Douglass carving

U.S. 02/28/19, 11:56

A more than 100-year-old mistake in the spelling of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass' last name on his stone carving at the New York state Capitol has been corrected.His face is among the faces of 77 famous people carved into the ornate interior stonework of the "Million Dollar Staircase" from ...

Frederick Douglass biography among Lukas prize nominees

Entertainment 02/26/19, 06:11

David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit.On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the ...

HUD official trapped in elevator during public housing visit

New York 02/19/19, 18:01

A federal housing official's monthlong tour of New York City public housing complexes hit a speed bump when she got stuck in an elevator Tuesday. Lynne Patton and 10 other people including reporters and photographers were trapped in an elevator at the Frederick Douglass Houses in Manhattan for about 10 minutes ...

A look at the books which have inspired literary classics

Entertainment 11/23/18, 08:47

Behind every great book are the books which influenced it. The "micro-learning" app and platform blinkist.com has been compiling literary sources for such classics as "A Clockwork Orange," ''Oliver Twist" and "1984." Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was inspired by each of her parents — William Godwin's "An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice" and ...

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