Garry Wills

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General Information

Name: Garry Wills

Pen Name: None

Born: 1934 in Atlanta, Ga.

Website: N/A

Email: g-wills@northwestern.edu



Illinois Connection

Wills lives in Evanston, Illinois and is a professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Garry Wills, one of our most distinguished historians and critics, is the author of numerous books. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Michigan and Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. from Saint Louis University in 1957. William F. Buckley, Jr. hired him as a drama critic for National Review magazine at the age of 23. He received his PhD in classics from Yale University in 1961.

Wills is a distinguished historian and the author of numerous books including the Pulitzer Prize winning Lincoln at Gettysburg. He was awarded the National Medal for the Humanities in 1998. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award, including as a co-winner for nonfiction in 1978 for Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, a book that also won the Merle Curti Award.

Wills joined the faculty of the history department at Northwestern University in 1980, where he is currently an emeritus professor. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Published Works

  • Certain Trumpets, The Call of Leaders, Simon & Schuster, 1993
  • Witches and Jesuits, Shakespeare`s Macbeth, New York Public Library, 1995
  • John Wayne`s America, The Politics of Celebrity, Simon & Schuster, 1997
  • Saint Augustine, Viking, 1999
  • A Necessary Evil, A History of American Distrust of Government, Simon & Schuster, 1999
  • Reagan's America, Penguin, 2000
  • Papal Sin, Structures of Deceit, Doubleday, 2000
  • Venice, Lion City, The Religion of Empire, Simon & Schuster, 2001
  • Explaining America, Explaining America, 2001
  • James Madison, Holt, 2002
  • Why I Am a Catholic, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
  • Mr. Jefferson`s University, National Geographic, 2002
  • Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, Mariner Books, 2002
  • Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-Made Man, Mariner Books, 2002
  • The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation on Power, Mariner Books, 2002
  • "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power, Mariner Books, 2005
  • The Rosary, Penguin, 2006
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America , Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Under God: Religion and American Politics, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Henry Adams and the Making of America, Mariner Books, 2007
  • Head and Heart: American Christianities, Penguin Press, 2007
  • What Paul Meant, Penguin, 2007
  • What Jesus Meant, Penguin, 2007
  • Martial's Epigrams, Viking Adult, 2008
  • What the Gospels Meant, Penguin Press, 2009
  • Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, Penguin Press, 2010
  • Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer, Viking Adult, 2010
  • Why Priests?, Viking, 2013

Titles at Your Library

Certain Trumpets: The Call of Leaders

ISBN: 067165702X
Release Date: 1994-05-09

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Witches and Jesuits: Shakespeare's Macbeth

ISBN: 0195088794
Release Date: 1995-01-05

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A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government

ISBN: 0684844893
Release Date: 1999-10-20

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Reagan's America: Innocents at Home

ISBN: 0140296077
Release Date: 2000-09-01

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Venice: Lion City - The Religion of Empire

ISBN: 0684871904
Release Date: 2001-09-18

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Explaining America: The Federalist

ISBN: 0140298398
Release Date: 2001-04-01

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James Madison (The American Presidents Series)

ISBN: 0805069054
Release Date: 2002-04-02

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Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

ISBN: 0618257764
Release Date: 2002-11-14

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"Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power

ISBN: 0618485376
Release Date: 2005-09-14

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The Rosary

ISBN: 0143037978
Release Date: 2006-10-31

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Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)

ISBN: 0743299639
Release Date: 2006-11-14

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Under God: Religion and American Politics

ISBN: 141654335X
Release Date: 2007-09-25

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Henry Adams and the Making of America

ISBN: 0618872663
Release Date: 2007-08-02

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Head and Heart: American Christianities

ISBN: 1594201463
Release Date: 2007-10-04

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What Paul Meant

ISBN: 0143112635
Release Date: 2007-09-25

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What the Gospels Meant

ISBN: 014311512X
Release Date: 2009-01-27

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Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

ISBN: 1594202400
Release Date: 2010-01-21

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Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer

ISBN: 0670022144
Release Date: 2010-10-14

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Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition

ISBN: 0670024872
Release Date: 2013-02-12

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Literary Awards

Pulitzer Prize for Lincoln at Gettysburg

Lincoln Scholar

Two National Book Critics Circle Awards - one for Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

1998 National Medal for the Humanities

Merle Curti Award for Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Garry Wills on WorldCat

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