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David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, To Be Commencement Speaker

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David McCulloughOn May 16, 2009, prolific writer and historian David McCullough will speak at the 87th Eastern Nazarene College commencement exercises. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and is held on the college's front lawn. About 200 graduates will be receiving associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees.

McCullough, author of the bestselling 1776, is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize and twice winner of the National Book Award. He has been called a “master of the art of narrative history.” His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction.

His latest book, 1776, has been called “brilliant,” lucid,” “gripping,” “a masterpiece,” “a classic,” and “a continuing national triumph” since its publication in June 2005. McCullough's previous work, John Adams, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time. There are three million copies in print, and it was made into an Emmy-award winning HBO miniseries.

Mr. McCullough's other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His work has been published in 10 languages and, in all, nearly 9,000,000 copies are in print. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.

David McCullough is as well twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received more than 40 honorary degrees. In 2006 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

In a productive career, he has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television – as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including The Civil War. His is also the narrator's voice in the movie Seabiscuit.

A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.

Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He is as well a devoted painter. Mr. McCullough and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and 18 grandchildren.

His current project is a book about Americans in Paris, from the 1830's to 1930's.