David McCullough, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize whose meticulously researched biographies of such diverse figures as the Brooklyn Bridge of New York and U.S. presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him one of the most widely read and influential historians of his day, has passed away. He was 89.
Simon & Schuster reports that McCullough passed away on Sunday in Hingham, Massachusetts. His passing came just over two months after that of his cherished wife, Rosalee.
Who Is David Gaub Mc Cullough?
American author, narrator, and lecturer David Gaub McCullough (/Mkl/; July 7, 1933–August 7, 2022) passed away on that date in 2022. He had already won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, making him a double winner. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honour, and he received it in 2006.
McCullough attended Yale University to study English literature after growing up in Pittsburgh. His first book was published in 1968 and he went on to create nine more, covering subjects like Harry S. Truman, John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Panama Canal, and the Wright Brothers.
McCullough has narrated many documentaries, including Ken Burns‘s The Civil War and the 2003 feature Seabiscuit, and presented the television series American Experience for a total of twelve years.
Early life and career.
McCullough was born to parents Ruth (née Rankin) and Christian Hax McCullough in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania neighbourhood of Point Breeze. He had a mixed ancestry of Scots and Irish. Both Linden Avenue Grade School and Shady Side Academy in his birthplace of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania provided him with a solid foundation for his academic career.
McCullough, the oldest of four kids, drew cartoons and played sports during his “marvellous” boyhood. Both McCullough’s parents and his grandmother were avid readers, so he was exposed to books at a young age. He felt that more people should talk about historical events because of the way his parents did.
This 2008 speech by McCullough at Vassar College. Together since they were youngsters, McCullough and Rosalee Barnes tied the knot in 1954 and stayed married until her death on June 9, 2022. They produced five offspring in. While three of his five children now call Hingham, Massachusetts home, the pair originally settled there in 2016. The town of Camden, Maine was the site of his summer residence.
Some Interesting Thing About David Mc Cullough.
Sports, history, and the visual arts (particularly watercolour and portrait painting) were all things that interested McCullough. Some of the harshest criticism of McCullough came from his glorification of the American past, with some readers feeling that he veered too close to romanticization.
His 2019 book, The Pioneers, has been criticised for downplaying the violence done by 19th-century settlers against Native Americans. In his earlier writings, he was criticised for prioritising storytelling over analysis and ignoring unpleasant truths about Truman, Adams, and others.
“McCullough’s Distinctive Contribution.
To paraphrase what Sean Wilentz said in The New Republic in 2001, “McCullough’s distinctive contribution has been to approach large-scale historical biography as yet another genre of spectatorial appreciation, an exercise in character recognition, a reliable source of enlightenment and pleasurable uplift.”
In an interview with the AP that same year, McCullough addressed the accusation that he was too soft by saying, “some people not only want their leaders to have feet of clay, but to be all clay.”