Terry Teachout among finalists for $10,000 Marfield Prize for arts writing

(Courtesy of Gotham)
(Courtesy of Gotham)

Duke,” by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout, is among six finalists for the $10,000 Marfield Prize, a national award for arts writing presented each year by the Arts Club of Washington.

The other finalists for the Marfield Prize announced this morning are:

“The Red Man’s Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman,” by Benita Eisler.

How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit,” by Witold Rybczynski.

“This Land that I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems,” by John Shaw.

“Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel,” by Sherill Tippins.

“Fosse,” by Sam Wasson.

Teachout’s biography of Duke Ellington was also longlisted for the National Book Awards in nonfiction.

This year’s judges are Grace Cavalieri, Candace Katz and Wayne Karlin.

The Marfield Prize recognizes excellence in arts writing for a general audience. Books published during 2013 in the United States were eligible for consideration.

The winner will be announced at the Arts Club of Washington on April 26.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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