Margaret Leech

Margaret Kernochan Leech (November 7, 1893 – February 24, 1974), also known as Margaret Pulitzer, was an American historian and fiction writer. She won the Pulitzer Prize for History both in 1942 (Reveille in Washington, Harper) (first woman to win for history) and in 1960 (In the Days of McKinley, Harper).[1]

Margaret Leech
Margaret Leech

Life and career

She was born in Newburgh, New York, obtained a B.A. from Vassar College in 1915, and worked for fund-raising organizations during World War I, including the American Committee for Devastated France.

She started her writing career for the Condé Nast publishing company before World War I. Leech also worked in advertising and publicity. After the war, she became friendly with members of the Algonquin Round Table, including critic-raconteur Alexander Woollcott. She was an associate of some of the wittiest and most brilliant men and women of literature that spent time at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan.

In 1928 she married Ralph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World newspaper. (His father, Joseph Pulitzer, had established the Pulitzer Prize by a bequest to Columbia University.) They had one daughter, Susan.

Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865,[2] is an account of Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War and deals with, among other things, Abraham Lincoln and his wife, along with Rose Greenhow, the Confederate spy whose work was helpful in the Southern forces winning the First Battle of Bull Run. Passages from the book are quoted in George Saunders' novel, Lincoln In The Bardo (2016).

In the Days of McKinley is a biography of President William McKinley, carefully told in minute detail, and he is shown as a more attractive person and better president than some have depicted him. In addition to the history Pulitzer, the book was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1960.

Leech also wrote three novels: The Back of the Book (1924), Tin Wedding (1926), and The Feathered Nest (1928) and, in 1927, co-wrote a biography of Anthony Comstock with Heywood Broun.

Leech died of a stroke in New York City at age 80.[3]


  1. ^ "History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  2. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (13 August 2003). "Civil War Washington, Truly Captured". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Obituaries: Margaret Leech, Won Pulitzers in 1942, 1959". St. Petersburg Times. February 26, 1974.

Further reading

  • Giffuni, Cathe (1988). "A Bibliography of Margaret Leech". Bulletin of Bibliography. 45 (2): 142–151.

External links

1942 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1942.

1960 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1960.

A Stillness at Appomattox

A Stillness at Appomattox (1953) is an award-winning, non-fiction book written by Bruce Catton.

It recounts the American Civil War's final year, describing the campaigns of Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia during 1864 to the end of the war in 1865. It is the final volume of the Army of the Potomac trilogy that includes Mr. Lincoln's Army (1951) and Glory Road (1952).

Art and Life in America

Art and Life in America is a book by Oliver W. Larkin published in 1949 by Rinehart & Company which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for History. It is a book which comprehensively deals about Art and artists in the United States .

Been in the Storm So Long

Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery is a 1979 book by American historian Leon Litwack, published by Knopf. The book chronicles the African-American experience following the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

In 1980, the book won the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by Joseph Ellis, a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for History. It explores selected interactions among a group of individuals both gifted and flawed; interactions that profoundly influenced the early development of the United States.

History of the American Frontier

History of the American Frontier is a book by Frederic L. Paxson published in 1924 by Simon Publications which won the 1925 Pulitzer Prize for History.

In the Days of McKinley

In the Days of McKinley is a book by Margaret Leech published in 1959 by Harper & Brothers Publishers which won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for History. It is a Biography of the former American President William McKinley.

Lamy of Santa Fe

Lamy of Santa Fe is a 1975 biography of Catholic Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, written by American author Paul Horgan and published by Wesleyan University Press. The book won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Pulitzer Prize for History

The Pulitzer Prize for History, administered by Columbia University, is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It has been presented since 1917 for a distinguished book about the history of the United States. Thus it is one of the original Pulitzers, for the program was inaugurated in 1917 with seven prizes, four of which were awarded that year. The Pulitzer Prize program has also recognized some historical work with its Biography prize, from 1917, and its General Non-Fiction prize, from 1952.

Finalists have been announced from 1980, ordinarily two others beside the winner.

Scientists Against Time

Scientists Against Time is a book by James Phinney Baxter III published in 1946 by Little, Brown and Company which won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for History.

The Greenback Era

The Greenback Era: A Social and Political History of American Finance, 1865-1879 is a book by American historian Irwin Unger, published in 1964 by Princeton University Press, which won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for History. It is about American finance in the post-Civil War period and the social and political elements involved.

The Race Beat

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 2006 by journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. The book is about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, specifically about the role of newspapers and television. "Race Beat" refers to reporters whose beat reporting covered issues of race.The book received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for History.It was the necessary reading for the University Interscholastic League's Social Studies Competition in 2019.

The Uprooted

The Uprooted: The Epic Story of the Great Migrations That Made the American People is book about European migrations into the United States by Oscar Handlin. It won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1952.

The War of Independence

The War of Independence is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by American historian Claude H. Van Tyne, published in 1929. It explains the history and causes of the American Revolutionary War. Van Tyne won the Pulitzer Prize for History for this book in 1930.

The War with Mexico

The War with Mexico is a book by Justin Harvey Smith. It won the 1920 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Washington's Crossing (book)

Washington's Crossing is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by David Hackett Fischer and part of the "Pivotal Moments in American History" series. It is primarily about George Washington's leadership during the 1776 campaign of the American Revolutionary War, culminating with the famous crossing of the Delaware River and the subsequent campaign, with the Battle of Trenton, the Second Battle of Trenton, and the Battle of Princeton.

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