Judith Thurman delivers Annual Leon Levy Lecture on Biography

SEP 22, 2020 | 6:00 PM

Judith Thurman by Curt Richter



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


September 22, 2020: 6:00 PM




Leon Levy Center for Biography



The Thirtheenth Annual Leon Levy Lecture on Biography delivered by Judith Thurman.

Judith Thurman has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1987, and since 2000, as a Staff Writer specializing in profiles and cultural criticism. She is the author of "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller," which won the 1983 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, and served as the basis for Sydney Pollack's Oscar-winning film, Out of Africa. Her second biography, "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette," won the Los Angeles Times and the Salon Book Awards for Biography. She is also the author of "Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire," a collection of her essays. Thurman won the Harold G. Vursell Award for prose style, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Rungstedlund Prize from the Danish Royal Academy; and Bard College's Mary McCarthy Award for a woman writer's life work. She is also a chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.