Louis (Studs) Terkel

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Name: Louis (Studs) Terkel

Pen Name: Studs Terkel

Born: May 16, 1912 in New York City, New York

Died: October 31, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: http://www.studsterkel.org

Photo Credit: CC-BY Freebase

Illinois Connection

At the age of eight, Studs moved with his parents to Chicago. He was raised and educated in Chicago and continued to live there the rest of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Studs is an American author and historian. He has also been a Chicago radio and television broadcaster. He is known for his works in oral history. Terkel transcribes tape recorded interviews with ordinary people and edits them into powerful accounts of aspects of modern American life. He was always working on something new, all the way up until his death.

Published Works

  • Giants of Jazz, 1957
  • Amazing Grace, 1959
  • Division Street: America, 1966
  • Hard Times, 1970
  • Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, 1974
  • Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times, Pantheon, 1977
  • American Dreams: Lost and Found, Pantheon, 1980, (Reprinted in 1999)
  • The Good War: An Oral History of World War II, Pantheon, 1984 (Reprinted in 2004)
  • Chicago, 1986
  • The Great Divide: Second Thoughts On The American Dream, Pantheon, 1988
  • Race, How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession, New Press, 1992, (Reprinted in 2005)
  • Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who`ve Lived It, St. Martin`s Press, 1995 (Reprinted in 2007)
  • My American Century, Norton 1997, 1998
  • The Spectator, Talk about Movies and Plays with the People Who Make Them, New Press , 1999 (Reprinted in 2002)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith, New Press, 2001, (Reprinted in 2006)
  • Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times, 2003
  • And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey, 2005
  • Touch and Go, 2007

Titles at Your Library

Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times

ISBN: 0394411021
Release Date: 1977

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American Dreams: Lost and Found

ISBN: 1565845455
Release Date: 2005-09-07

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The Good War: An Oral History of World War II

ISBN: 1565849450
Release Date: 2004-11

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The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream

ISBN: 0394570537
Release Date: 1988-08-12

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Race: How Blacks And Whites Think And Feel About The American Obsession

ISBN: 1565849892
Release Date: 2005-04-01

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Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century

ISBN: 1595581723
Release Date: 2007-05-01

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My American Century

ISBN: 1565844696
Release Date: 1998-09-01

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

ISBN: 0345451201
Release Date: 2002-11-26

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The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century

ISBN: 1595581774
Release Date: 2007-05-01

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ISBN: 0394553373
Release Date: 1986-09-12

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Giants of Jazz

ISBN: 156584999X
Release Date: 2006-09-01

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Literary Awards

  • 1975 - National Book Award Finalist in Contemporary Affairs for Working
  • 1985 - Pulitzer Prize for The Good War
  • 1990 - his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
  • 2006 - Illinois Literary Heritage Award from the Illinois Center for the Book.

External Links

Studs Terkel on WorldCat


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