Mark Lynton History Prize

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The Mark Lynton History Prize is an annual award in the amount of $10,000 given to a book "of history, on any subject, that best combines intellectual or scholarly distinction with felicity of expression".[1] The prize is one of three awards given as part of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and by the Columbia University School of Journalism.[1][2]

The prize is named in honor of Mark Lynton, a refugee from Nazi Germany, Second World War officer, automobile industry executive, and author of the memoir Accidental Journey: A Cambridge Internee's Memoir of World War II.[3] The prize was established by his wife, Marion, children, Lili and Michael, and grandchildren, Lucinda, Eloise Lynton and Maisie Lynton, to honor Lynton who was an avid reader of history. The Lynton family has underwritten the Lukas Prize Project since its inception in 1998.



  1. ^ a b "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  2. ^ The Lukas Prize Project – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  3. ^ "A Heart, A Brain, and a Pair of Shoes," by Samuel G. Freedman, Salon, June 12, 1997

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