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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Studs Terkel

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: May 16, 1912 in New York City, New York


Illinois Connection

At the age of eight, Terkel moved with his parents to Chicago. He was raised and educated in Chicago and continued to live there the remainder of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Studs is an American author and historian. He has also been a Chicago radio and television broadcaster. He is known for his works in oral history. Terkel transcribes tape recorded interviews with ordinary people and edits them into powerful accounts of aspects of modern American life. He was always working on something new, all the way up until his death.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Working'' -- *Finalist, National Book Award in Contemporary Affairs, 1975


-- ''The Good War'' -- *Pulitzer Prize, 1985


-- """Other Awards and Honors"""

-- *His name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

-- *National Humanities Medal, 1997

-- *Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, The National Book Foundation, 1997

-- *LGBT Hall of Fame, 2001

-- *George Polk Career Award, 2003

-- *National Book Critics Circle, 2003

-- *Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003

-- *Illinois Literary Heritage Award, Illinois Center for the Book. 2006

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2010