Author to Speak at Columbia on the Life of Pulitzer Lecture Marks Opening of Exhibition, Joseph Pulitzer and The World
NEW YORK, March 29, 2010 –

Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library will host a talk by author James McGrath Morris on the life of Joseph Pulitzer. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 pm in the Lecture Hall of Columbia’s Journalism Building, 2950 Broadway.


The lecture celebrates the opening of an immersive exhibition “Joseph Pulitzer and The World,” scheduled to run through the end of July in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. On display will be letters, documents, ledgers, newspapers, photographs, and realia, as well as material documenting Pulitzer’s role in the founding of Columbia’s School of Journalism and the creation of the Pulitzer Prizes. This will be the first time the Joseph Pulitzer Papers and The World Papers have been on display.

Also on exhibit will be selections from the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism Archives, held by RBML. Prize winners in a variety of categories beginning in 1917, including public service, cartoons, photography, biography, poetry, fiction, drama, and music will be on display.

James McGrath Morris is the author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power (HarperCollins, 2010) His previous book, The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism, was selected as a Washington Post Best Book of the Year for 2004. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Observer, The Progressive, Civilization, and The Wilson Quarterly.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the lecture in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Butler Library, 6th Floor, East). For more information regarding this event or to attend, please respond to To view a listing of events, visit:

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