Studs Terkel, a Pulitzer prize-winner, was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a presidential National Humanities Medal recipient.
Born in 1912, Studs grew up in Chicago. After graduating Law School in 1934, Studs’ career took a great many turns. He was an actor in radio soap operas, a disk jockey, a sports commentator, a television master of ceremonies and a radio host. He traveled all over the world doing on-the-spot interviews. Studs Terkel lived in
Chicago. He passed away on October 31, 2008.
Sydney Lewis, Interviewer
Sydney Lewis has worked as a waitress, bartender, office goddess, writer
and oral historian. She first met Studs Terkel when she waited on him at a
benefit concert for the I. W. W. in 1976. He ordered a martini.
Highlights from Studs Terkel on Transom
- Studs Terkel’s “Born to Live“
- Listen to Norman Corwin’s Prayer from “On a Note of Triumph” in Real Audio G2
- Studs stay at Transom in New York Times (free, though requires registration)
- Read Studs Terkel’s “Something Real” manifesto.
- The Studs Terkel edition of “The Transom Review”: HTML or *PDF.
- Check out Stud Terkel’s Topic in it’s entirety.
Studs Terkel Links
- Prairie Home Companion Celebrates Studs’ Birthday (05/16/98)
- New York Times Books: Featured Author – Studs Terkel
Books by Studs Terkel:
- The Spectator,
- Coming of Age: The Story of our Century by Those Who Lived It.
- American Dreams: Lost and Found
- Division Street: America
- Giants of Jazz
- The”Good War”: An Oral History of World War II
- The Great Divide
- Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
- Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession
- Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times
- Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and the Hunger
for a faith.