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Tony Horwitz
Horwitz in 2002
Horwitz in 2002
BornAnthony Lander Horwitz
(1958-06-09)June 9, 1958
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedMay 27, 2019(2019-05-27) (aged 60)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationJournalist, writer
EducationBrown University
Columbia University
GenreNon-fiction, travel and description, military history, biography
SubjectCivil War, maritime discoveries
Notable awards1994 James Aronson Award, 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
Spouse
Geraldine Brooks (m. 1984)
Children2[1]

Signature
Website
tonyhorwitz.com

Anthony Lander Horwitz (June 9, 1958 – May 27, 2019) was an American journalist and author who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

His books include One for the Road: a Hitchhiker's Outback (1987), Baghdad Without a Map (1991), Confederates in the Attic (1998), Blue Latitudes (AKA Into the Blue) (2002), A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (2008),[2] Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War (2011),[3] and Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide (2019).[4]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Norman Harold Horwitz, a neurosurgeon,[5] and Elinor Lander Horwitz, a writer. Horwitz was an alumnus of Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, D.C. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a history major from Brown University and received a master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Writing career[edit]

Horwitz won a 1994 James Aronson Award and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about working conditions in low-wage America published in The Wall Street Journal. He also worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker and as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.[6]

He documented his venture into e-publishing and reaching best-seller status in that venue in an opinion article for The New York Times.[7]

In 2019 he began writing and lecturing for the The Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series at The Filson Historical Society. His book Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide focuses on the early New York Times journalist and correspondent Frederick Law Olmsted's travels through the South.[8]

He was a fellow at the Radcliffe College Center of Advanced Study and a past president of the Society of American Historians.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Horwitz married the Australian writer Geraldine Brooks in France in 1984.[11] She also won the Pulitzer Prize, in 2006, for her novel, March (2005). They had two children.

On May 27, 2019, Horwitz collapsed while walking in Washington, D.C.; he was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was declared dead.[12] He was in the midst of a book tour for Spying on the South.[13]

Bibliography[edit]

  • One for the Road: a Hitchhiker's Outback. Harper & Row Publishers. 1987. ISBN 978-0063120952. OCLC 26195613.
  • Baghdad Without A Map. Angus & Robertson. 1991. ISBN 978-0-207-17168-0.
  • Confederates in the Attic. Pantheon Books. 1998. ISBN 978-0-679-43978-3.
  • Blue Latitudes. Macmillan. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8050-6541-1. OCLC 49626343.
  • Into the Blue. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2003. ISBN 978-0-7475-6455-3.
  • The Devil May Care: 50 Intrepid Americans and Their Quest for the Unknown. Oxford University Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-19-516922-5. OCLC 52477250.
  • A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. Henry Holt. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8050-7603-5. OCLC 180989602.
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. Henry Holt. 2011. ISBN 978-0-8050-9153-3. OCLC 697267337.
  • BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever. Amazon Digital Services. 2014.
  • Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide. Penguin Press. 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New College hosts Global Leadership Luncheon - Nimbe". Nimbe.
  2. ^ Horwitz, Tony (2008). A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. Holt, Henry & Company, Inc. ISBN 9780805076035.
  3. ^ Horwitz, Tony (2011). Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. Henry Holt and Co. ASIN B00AZ8C8PM.
  4. ^ Horwitz, Tony. Spying on the South : an odyssey across the American divide. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 9781101980286.
  5. ^ "Norman Horwitz, neurosurgeon who operated on D.C. police officer wounded in Reagan assassination attempt, dies at 87". Washington Post.
  6. ^ Tony Horwitz. "Tony Horwitz". The Atlantic.
  7. ^ Horwitz, Tony (June 19, 2014). "I Was a Digital Best Seller!". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ "Spying on the South". Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Spying on the South". Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  10. ^ https://sah.columbia.edu/content/history
  11. ^ stacey palevsky (January 26, 2008). "The wandering Haggadah". j, the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Roberts, Sam (May 28, 2019). "Tony Horwitz Dies at 60; Prize-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Eville, Bill (May 28, 2019). "Author, Historian Tony Horwitz Dies". Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved May 28, 2019.

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