Elizabeth Frank

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Elizabeth Frank
Born (1945-09-14) September 14, 1945 (age 78)
TitleJoseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
ParentMelvin Frank
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Academic work
InstitutionsBard College
Main interestsBiography
Notable worksLouise Bogan: A Portrait

Elizabeth Frank (born September 14, 1945) is an American novelist, biographer, art critic and translator. She has been a member of the literature faculty of Bard College since 1982 and is the Joseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 1986 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Louise Bogan: A Portrait (Knopf, 1985).[1][2] Frank is also the author of Jackson Pollock (Abbeville Press, 1983) and the novel Cheat and Charmer (Random House 2004), as well as the monographs Esteban Vicente (Hudson Hills, 1995)[3] and Karen Gunderson: The Dark World of Light (Abbeville, 2016). Her short story “Fires” is included in the anthology It Occurs to Me That I Am America (Atria Books, 2018). Along with co-translator Deliana Simeonova, she published translations from the Bulgarian of two novels about Jews in the twentieth century by Bulgarian novelist and screenwriter Angel Wagenstein: Farewell, Shanghai and Isaac’s Torah (Other Press, both 2008).

She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, Temple University, the Newberry Library, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Frank has also written numerous articles on literature and art in such publications as the New York Times Book Review, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Art in America, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, and ARTnews. She has published short stories, in translation by Bulgarian author Zdravka Evtimova, in the Bulgarian journal, Suvremenik.

She attended the International School of Geneva[4] and Bennington College, and earned her earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her father was Academy Award-nominated writer-producer-director Melvin Frank.


  1. ^ Frank, Elizabeth (26 October 1986). Louise Bogan: A Portrait. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231063159 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Biography or Autobiography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  3. ^ "Bard College professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Elizabeth Frank makes literary debut". Press release October 23, 2004. Bard College.
  4. ^ "Some Facts About Ecolint's Fiction". 5 February 2021.

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