The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Biography or Autobiography

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For a distinguished and appropriately documented biography or autobiography by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo," by Tom Reiss (Crown), a compelling story of a forgotten swashbuckling hero of mixed race whose bold exploits were captured by his son, Alexander Dumas, in famous 19th century novels.


Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2013 Biography prize to Tom Reiss.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece," by Michael Gorra (Liveright), an elegant and enlightening book that brings together the complicated life of a great author and the evolution of his great novel, "The Portrait of a Lady;" and "The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy," by David Nasaw (Penguin), a monumental work that tells the story of the relentless tycoon who created a dynastic family that helped shape modern American history and also suffered immense tragedy.