AUSTIN, Texas—Gail Caldwell, a former American studies student at The University of Texas at Austin, has received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her writings at The Boston Globe. The $7,500 award for distinguished criticism was given to Caldwell for her "insightful observations on contemporary life and literature."
Caldwell received her bachelor’s degree from UT Austin in 1978 and her master’s degree in 1980, both in American studies. The title of her master’s thesis was "Royalties and Loyalties: Publishing in the Cold War America." She currently is chief book critic at The Globe, where she has been a staff writer and critic since 1985.
From 1992 to 1995, Caldwell served as The Globe’s book editor. Her reviews and essays also have appeared in The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Constitution and other publications.
Caldwell is a nominator for the Irish Times Fiction Prize and has served several times on the fiction jury for the Pulitzer Prize. She was chair of the jury in 1995 and 1997. She has been a finalist in criticism for both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award.