Garry Wills was born in 1934 in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from
Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1951 and received his PhD
in classics from Yale in 1961. In 1995, he received a L.H.D. from Bates College.
He received an honorary doctorate from the College of the Holy Cross.
A historian and author of more than 20 books including What Jesus Meant, he is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
In 1993, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, which describes the background and effect of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. In 1998, he won the National Medal for the Humanities. He has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
He is an adjunct professor of history, both American and cultural, at Northwestern University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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