Writes of Passage

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Robert Caro

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By Danielle Strickland

A sold out crowd filled the Duke Family Performance Hall the evening of February 26 to hear from this year’s Joel A. Conarroe Lectureship speaker, distinguished biographer Robert Caro.

Caro’s five major works have received the highest in literary recognition. The first Pulitzer honored The Power Broker, Caro’s 1975 study of New York politician Robert Moses. His second Pulitzer came in 2003 and honored Master of the Senate, the third volume of Caro’s four-volume examination of former U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Caro’s honors include two National Book Critics Circle Awards for best nonfiction book of the year, the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the National Academy of Arts, and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. He also received the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama.

A reception and book signing followed the talk, which was free and open to the public.

Endowed through an anonymous gift, the Conarroe Lectureship seeks to enhance the literary experience of Davidson students by bringing a renowned literary figure to campus each year. It honors Joel Conarroe, a 1956 Davidson graduate and life-long contributor to the literary arts. Past Conarroe Lecturers have included Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Cunningham, Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, Michael Chabon, Russell Banks, Margaret Atwood, W.S. Merwin and Edward Hirsch.

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