Books by William S. McFeely

William S. McFeely, whose Grant: A Biography won the Pulitzer Prize, lives in Wellfleet and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

PORTRAIT by William S. McFeely
Released: Nov. 20, 2006

"The narrative moves along smoothly enough, though the author's obsession with his subject's sex life becomes tedious. The generous amount of illustrations best capture the artist's elusive essence."
Pulitzer-winning historian McFeely (Proximity to Death, 1999, etc.) offers a sturdy, well-written consideration of the eccentric artist who may or may not have been a homosexual. Read full book review >
PROXIMITY TO DEATH by William S. McFeely
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"He succeeds equally in his consideration of how this quintessentially American punishment stabs at the souls of all citizens, not least those who regard it as natural and just."
A slender, forceful volume from Pulitzer-winning historian McFeely (Grant, 1981; Sapelo's People, 1994) that examines the work of Stephen Bright's Southern Center for Human Rights in defending the indigent of Death Row against the state's killing apparatus. Read full book review >
SAPELO'S PEOPLE by William S. McFeely
Released: June 13, 1994

"Highly recommended. (Author tour)"
McFeely, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of President Grant (1981) and acclaim for his more recent biography of Frederick Douglass (1991), offers a slender ``meditation on race'' in this resonant study of the people of Sapelo Island. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Univ. of Georgia history professor McFeely follows up his Pulitzer Prize-winning Grant (1981) with a more psychologically daunting and intriguing subject: Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the fiery black orator and editor of the abolitionist newspaper North Star. Read full book review >