James Fenimore Cooper Prize

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The James Fenimore Cooper Prize was a biennial literary prize awarded by the Society of American Historians for historical novels on American history. It has been awarded since 1993, is endowed with 2000 dollars and was for a long time named after the most famous American author of historical novels of the 19th century, James Fenimore Cooper . Since 2018 the award has been renamed the Society of American Historians Prize for Historical Fiction .

Award winners

  • 1993: The shaman (The Shaman) by Noah Gordon
  • 1995: In the Lake of the Woods (Secrets and Lies) by Tim O'Brien about a politician whose Vietnam past overtakes him
  • 1997: The Cattle Killing by John Edgar Wideman on African American people in 18th century Philadelphia
  • 1999: Gain by Richard Powers (the story of a chemical plant and a woman who got cancer from it)
  • 2001: A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just about a political scientist in Vietnam in 1965 and Bone by Bone by Peter Matthiessen , the third part of his Everglades trilogy about an escaped murderer who built a sugar plantation in Florida in the 19th century
  • 2003: Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker on the uprisings in New York in 1863 on the occasion of the drafts for the Union Army in the Civil War
  • 2005: The Plot Against America ( The Plot Against America ) by Philip Roth
  • 2007: The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen about a small town in the USA during the great pandemic of 1918.
  • 2009: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan via Mamah Borthwick and Frank Lloyd Wright .
  • 2011: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
  • 2013: Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan , about a sculptor in Texas after the First World War who was supposed to erect a memorial to his fallen son for a rancher
  • 2015: Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend about an African-American jazz pianist who comes to Harlem, New York from Kentucky
  • 2017: no prize awarded

Web links

supporting documents

  1. ^ Society of American Historians Prize for Historical Fiction (formerly known as the James Fenimore Cooper Prize) , accessed December 11, 2018