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 VOL. 23, NO. 11DECEMBER 5, 1997 

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Elected a Member of Pulitzer Board


Henry Louis Gates Jr., the author and scholar of African-American literature and culture, has been elected a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

  The announcement was made by President George Rupp. Columbia awards the annual prizes on the board's recommendation. Members serve a maximum of nine years on the 18-member board.

  Gates is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research there. Educated at Yale and Clare College of the University of Cambridge, he taught English literature and Afro-American studies at Yale and at Cornell before joining Harvard in 1991.

  He is the author of Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man (1997), Colored People: a Memoir (1994), Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars (1992), The Signifying Monkey: Towards a theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988) and Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self (1987). He is general editor of the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature, co-editor of Transition magazine, a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of essays, reviews and profiles in other magazines, scholarly periodicals and newspapers.

  Honors granted to him include the Zora Neale Hurston Society Award for Cultural Scholarship, the Norman Rabb Award of the American Jewish Committee, the George Polk Award for Social Commentary and the Tikkun National Ethics Award. He has been a Mellon Fellow at Cambridge and the National Humanities Center, a Ford Foundation National Fellow and a MacArthur Prize Fellow.