Edie Gelles named as finalist for the 2010 George Washington Book Prize

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Edie Gelles named as finalist for the 2010 George Washington Book Prize

by gender news on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 4:38am

Edie Gelles, Senior ScholarOn February 19, Washington College announced the three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize. Clayman Institute Senior Scholar, Edie Gelles, was selected for her most recent work, Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage (William Morrow). The other finalists are Richard Beeman’s Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House) and R.B. Bernstein's The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (Oxford).

The $50,000 award—co-sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon—is the largest prize nationwide for a book on early American history, and one of the largest literary prizes of any kind. It recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.

An historian of early American history, Gelles is an expert on the life and influences of Abigail Adams, having published three books on America's second First Lady. This book is her first to tackle the Adamses as a couple. The book is, the judges noted, “not only a lively telling of a most important chapter in our nation’s history, but also – and appropriately – a romance.” Congratulations, Edie!


In this interview by HarperCollins, Gelles reviews the HBO series on John Adams.