Professor Mike Wallace's 'Greater Gotham' Earns Phi Beta Kappa Accolade

cover of "Greater Gotham" by Mike WallaceGreater Gotham, A History of New York City from 1898-1919 by Distinguished Professor Mike Wallace (GC/John Jay, History) is the winner of the 2018 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

The award honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. Past recipients include David Brion Davis, Peter Novick, Jill Lepore, David Levering Lewis, and Richard Hofstadter.

Greater Gotham is the widely acclaimed sequel to Wallace’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham. “Magisterial,” wrote The New York Times. “Interweaving the actions of plutocrats, anarchists, striking garment workers, and a host of others, Wallace gives a multifaceted account of the city Marcel Duchamp called ‘a complete work of art,’” wrote The New Yorker.

Other accolades for Greater Gotham include the New York Society Library Prize for Book of the Year, the Federal Hall Award for History, The Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History, and the Victorian Society of New York Book of the Year Award.

Wallace is the founder of The Gotham Center for New York City History at The Graduate Center. 

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award will be presented at Phi Beta Kappa’s annual Book Awards Dinner at the Carnegie Institution for Science on December 7, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Read the Phi Beta Kappa Society press release here.  
Read more about Greater Gotham here.

Submitted on: OCT 3, 2018

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