David Levering Lewis
(born May 25, 1936) is the Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at New York University
. He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
, for part one and part two of his biography of W. E. B. Du Bois
(in 1994 and 2001, respectively). He is the first author to win two Pulitzer Prizes for biography for back-to-back volumes.
The author of eight books and editor of two more, Lewis's field is comparative history with special focus on twentieth-century United States
social history and civil rights. His interests include nineteenth-century Africa
, twentieth-century France
, and Islamic Spain.
Lewis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas
. His father, John Henry Lewis, Sr., graduated from Yale University
School of Divinity and received an M.A. in sociology
from the University of Chicago
, and was principal of . His mother taught high school math. Lewis attended parochial school in Little Rock, then Wilberforce Preparatory School and Xenia High School
. When the family moved to Atlanta
, Lewis attended Booker T. Washington High School
his junior year until his early admission at age fifteen to Fisk University
in Nashville, Tennessee
. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa
Lewis briefly attended the University of Michigan
Law School, then transferred to Columbia University
where he earned his M.A.
in 1959. In... Read More