Prof. James Shapiro's Book, The Year of Lear, Shortlisted for PBK Award

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the titles of the fifteen books from among those released in 2015 that are on the short lists for the Society’s annual book awards, The Christian Gauss Award, The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, and The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. Each award carries a $10,000 prize and five books are on the short list for each. The Society will announce the winning titles on October 4, 2016 and will honor their authors at a gala dinner on December 2, 2016 in Washington, DC, at The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

In The Year of Lear, Prof. Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year—King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra.