Elizabeth Frank (born September 14, 1945, in Los Angeles) is an American writer and the Joseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Bard College,[1] who won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Louise Bogan: A Portrait (1985).[2][3] 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.[1]

Elizabeth Frank
Born (1945-09-14) September 14, 1945 (age 73)
TitleJoseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Academic work
InstitutionsBard College
Main interestsBiography
Notable worksLouise Bogan: A Portrait

Frank has also written monographs of Jackson Pollock and Esteban Vicente, as well as numerous articles on literature, art, and literary and art criticism in such publications as the New York Times Book Review, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Art in America, Partisan Review, New York Arts Journal, Salmagundi, Journal of Modern Literature, and ARTnews.[1]

She earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Her father was Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and filmmaker Melvin Frank.


  1. ^ a b c d "Bard College professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Elizabeth Frank makes literary debut". Press release October 23, 2004. Bard College.
  2. ^ Frank, Elizabeth (26 October 1986). "Louise Bogan: A Portrait". Columbia University Press – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Biography or Autobiography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-01.

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