Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Holberg Prize to Natalie Zemon Davis

I'm probably one of thousands to feel a personal satisfaction in the award of the megabucks Holberg Prize to historian, writer, activist Natalie Zemon Davis. I interviewed her once, many years ago, but I remember her as if she were a personal friend. It was perhaps the most enjoyable of all the interviews I have done over the years with historians about their work. NZD managed to be profoundly serious and alive to the moral issues of scholarship -- and at the same time to convey more sheer laugh-out-loud pleasure in the doing of historical work than anyone I ever met.

Globe story on the prize here. Apparently she has a memoir in the works too.
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