Adam Hochschild is a famous American author and journalist. Read this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.
Adam Hochschild is a famous American author and journalist who is primarily interested in writing about places and times, especially when the society and human beings felt a moral imperative to confront evil. He wrote about the social policy in South Africa, the prison in Soviet Union etc. and reported about the forced labor system in Congo, imposed by king Leopold II of Belgium and also worked to end slavery in British Empire.
Early Life & Career
Adam Hochschild was born in 1942 in New York City. He completed his graduation in 1963, majoring History from Harvard. During his college days he worked in an anti-government newspaper in South Africa. He then moved to Mississippi and worked as a civil rights worker there. He also took part in a movement against Vietnam War. He then opted to work with a daily as a reporter after which he joined left-wing Ramparts Magazine as both writer and editor. Currently he is working as a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California.
Hochschild penned a book titled ‘Finding the Trapdoor’ and his experiences taking up politically pivotal roles in the South African newspaper and as a social worker are narrated in this. His first book was a memoir titled ‘Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son’, in which he narrated the kind of relationship he shared with his father. ‘The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey’ is another book authored by him. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa’ is an important work written on the history of Congo detailing on how Belgium colonized the country.
Hochschild received several awards and recognitions including California book Awards, National Book Critics Circle award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and Pen USA Literary Award to name some.
Hochschild married sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild. He received honorary degrees from Curry College in Massachusetts and the University of St Andrews in Scotland. In 2012 he was honored by the ‘American Academy of Arts and Letters’. His works have appeared in some of the prominent magazines like the ‘New Yorker’, ‘The Atlantic’, ‘Granta’, the ‘Times Literary Supplement’ and ‘Harper's Magazine’. He has also written for the ‘New York Review of Books’, the ‘New York Times Magazine’, as well as the ‘The Nation’.
Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son, 1986.
The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey, 1990.
Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels, 1997.
Awards & Achievements
California Book Awards, Gold Medal, King Leopold's Ghost, 1998
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, Finding the Trapdoor, 1998
Duff Cooper Prize, King Leopold's Ghost, 1999
Mark Lynton History Prize, King Leopold's Ghost, 1999
National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist, King Leopold's Ghost, 1999
Lionel Gelber Prize, 1999
Dayton Literary Peace Prize, 2012
1942: Adam Hochschild was born in New York City.
1986: Published one of his major works ‘Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son’.
1998: Received the California Book Awards.
1999: Was awarded the Mark Lynton History Prize.
2012: He was honored by the ‘American Academy of Arts and Letters’.