History professor emeritus CARL EMIL SCHORSKE, a MacArthur “genius award” fellow, died Sept. 13 in Hightstown, N.J. He was 100. Schorske, who joined the faculty in 1969 and later established Princeton’s Program in European Cultural Studies, earned international recognition and a 1981 Pulitzer Prize for his book, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture, a compelling picture of Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. It remains a significant narrative of modern European intellectual history. Austria honored Schorske with its Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class. A legendary lecturer, he was named one of the 10 “great teachers” in the country by Time magazine while at Berkeley in 1966. He retired in 1980.
Acclaimed poet C.K. WILLIAMS, retired professor of creative writing and adviser to hundreds of students, died of multiple myeloma Sept. 20 in Hopewell, N.J. He was 78. Williams, whose work often addressed war, social justice, and politics, won nearly every major award for poetry, including the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 National Book Award, the 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award, and the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2005. Williams served on the faculty from 1995 to 2013, and maintained a strong presence on campus after his retirement.
Listen to three poems that C.K. Williams read for PAW in 2006.