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William S. McFeely

William S. McFeely is Abraham Baldwin Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Yankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen; Grant: A Biography, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Parkman Prize; Frederick Douglass, which received the Lincoln Prize; Sapelo’s People: A Long Walk into Freedom; and Proximity to Death.


Books by William S. McFeely

  1. Book CoverFrederick Douglass

    “A masterpiece….[W]ill rightfully assume its place as the standard biography of a truly great figure in the nation’s past.” —New York NewsdayMore

  2. Book CoverFrederick Douglass

    “A detailed, finely written portrait of the imposing 19th-century leader.” —David Levering Lewis, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  3. Book CoverGrant

    "Combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages....Biography at its best."—Marcus Cunliffe, The New York Times Book Review; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.More

  4. Book CoverNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Second Edition

    This revision of the acclaimed and widely assigned Norton Critical Edition of Frederick Douglass’s great autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself includes key examples of literary and cultural analyses that have engaged scholars over the last three decades.More

  5. Book CoverPortrait: The Life of Thomas Eakins

    "Provocative.... McFeely sensitively chronicles the maturation of this enigmatic Philadelphian."—Matthew Price, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book CoverProximity to Death

    "A remarkable book—part historical tract, part political manifesto—that examines one of the most bitter issues of contemporary life."—Boston GlobeMore

  7. Book CoverSapelo's People: A Long Walk into Freedom

    "A searing metaphorical X-ray of a people battling to find space where they can become themselves. . . . I am deeply grateful for McFeely's magnificent effort of thought, empathy, scholarship and imagination." —Roger Wilkins, Los Angeles Times Book Review (front-page review)More

  8. Book CoverUlysses S. Grant: An Album

    A pictorial biography by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian that presents Ulysses S. Grant in new and fascinating ways.More