Florida historian Jack E. Davis wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Gulf’

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Florida got a shoutout from the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday ‘ They’re engaged and interested and concerned. I’ll be speaking in St. Pete on Monday, at Preserve the Burg at Freefall Theatre. They got me cheap!

Florida historian Jack E. Davis wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Gulf”

Florida got a shoutout from the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday: The 2018 literary prize for history was awarded to University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis for his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

Davis, who grew up in Pinellas County and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of South Florida, focuses on the Gulf of Mexico in his sweeping, deeply researched and elegantly written book. The Gulf, published in March 2017, had already won the Kirkus Prize and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Davis talked with the Tampa Bay Times by phone from Gainesville after the awards were announced Monday afternoon.

I read the text and I was literally speechless. I just pushed it across the desk to the graduate student. He said, “Congratulations!”

(UF President Kent) Fuchs has been a huge champion of the book. It’s been really wonderful to feel that work is valued by the university. He gave copies of the book to everyone on the Board of Trustees.

All along, even before the Pulitzer, the appreciation I’ve felt from the department and the university has been heartwarming and rewarding.

  • Date: 2018-04-16T15:50:00Z-04
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