News & Opinion | May 28, 2019 12:57 pm

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian Tony Horwitz Dead at 60

The journalist and writer died suddenly in Washington D.C. on Monday

Tony Horwitz (Tonyhorwitz.com)
Tony Horwitz (Tonyhorwitz.com)

Tony Horwitz, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his series in The Wall Street Journal about low-wage workers in America, is dead at age 60.

His wife Geraldine Brooks confirmed Horwitz died suddenly in Washington, D.C., on Monday, according to The Vineyard Gazette.

A former reporter for the WSJ as well as The New York Times and The New Yorker, Horwitz reported from war zones in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans fafter graduating from Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The president of the Society of American Historians, Horwitz became a full-time author after his days as a reporter.

Best known for Confederates in the Attic, a first-person travelogue in which he spoke with Civil War battlefield reenactors, Horwitz had been on tour in support of his latest book Spying on the South.

“Spying on the South is every bit as enlightening and alive with detail, absurdity and colorful characters as Confederates in the Attic was,” NPR writes of the new tome. “That said, though, at a time when the American divide seems deeper and more entrenched, both books strike me as more somber than comic.”

Horwitz is survived by Brooks and their two sons.

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