Franks, Lucinda (1946–)

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

Franks, Lucinda (1946–)

American writer. Born July 16, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois; dau. of Thomas E. and Lorraine (Leavitt) Franks; Vassar College, BA, 1968.

The youngest person and 1st woman to receive Pulitzer Prize for national reporting (1971), shared prize with Thomas Powers for The Making of A Terrorist, 5 articles for UPI about radical activist Diana Oughton; for United Press International, was a journalist in London (1968–72), then NY (1974–74); joined the staff of New York Times (1974); writings include Wild Apples (novel, 1991) and Waiting Out a War: The Exile of Private John Picciano (nonfiction, 1974); also contributed to The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly.