Maya Jasanoff wins history writing prize, worth $75K U.S., for Joseph Conrad biography
Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff has won the 2018 Cundill History Prize for her biography The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World.
The Cundill History Prize is an international history prize that comes with a $75,000 U.S. purse (approx. $99,015 Cdn). Books from around the world available in English are eligible for the prize, which is administered by McGill University.
In The Dawn Watch, Jasanoff deems Joseph Conrad a "prophet of globalization" and documents his life as a sailor, spending two decades traversing the world's oceans before returning to England to write. Conrad was a Polish-British writer at the turn of the 20th century who authored books like Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo and The Secret Agent.
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Jasanoff's fellow finalists included Caroline Fraser for Prairie Fires, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Sam White for A Cold Welcome, which documents Europeans' arrival in North America.