Author Wins Top Academic Prize

Natalie Zemon Davis, author of a forthcoming book by Truman State University Press, won the 2010 Holberg Prize, an annual academic Norwegian prize, for her outstanding scholarly work, and her imaginative approach to history coupled with her intensive archival work.

The award is given to scholars in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology, and is worth about $760,000.

Davis’ book, “A Passion for History,” will be published in May by Truman State University Press in its Early Modern Studies series. It is a conversation with history professor Denis Crouzet about her remarkable career in historical research and writing. First published by the French press Albin Michel, Truman State University Press got the rights to publish the English edition last year.

Davis’ classics include “The Return of Martin Guerre,” “Women on the Margins” and “Trickster Travels.” Her published works have been translated into many languages and have added considerably to understanding early modern society and culture.

“A Passion for History” may be ordered online at or at the Truman Bookstore.

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