The Plutarch Award Longlist for 2019

Here are the nominees for the 2019 Plutarch Award, honoring the best biography published in 2018, listed in alphabetical order by author:

Commended Books

In a year when an abundance of fine biographies went to press, the 2019 Plutarch Award Jury would also like to honor the following eight works:

An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden by Mary Schmidt Campbell, Oxford University Press

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter, Henry Holt

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery, Little, Brown

De Gaulle by Julian Jackson, Harvard University Press

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the New Republic by Victoria Johnson, Liveright

The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century by Mark Lamster, Little, Brown

I Am Dynamite: A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux, Tim Duggan Books

Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz, Penguin Press

2019 Plutarch Jury members:

Megan Marshall, chair; Peniel E. Joseph, Susan Quinn, Will Swift, Amanda Vaill