Erik Erikson Wins Pulitzer Prize
Erik H. Erikson, professor of Human Development, won the Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category for his book Gandhi's Truth yesterday.
Erikson's prize of $1000 was one of 15 announced by Columbia University President Androw W. Cordier in New York. The 54th annual awards, established by the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, were chosen by the trustees of Columbia University on the recommendation of the Advisory Board on Pulitzer Prizes.
Gandhi's Truth. which won both the National Book Award and the Melcher Award earlier in the year, is Erikson's psycho-historical inquiry into the origins of Mahatma Gandhi's doctrine of militant non-violence.
Erikson, who received an honorary degree from Harvard in 1960, gained fame by his introduction of the "identity-crisis" concept.