Awards & Winners

Constance Rourke

Date of Birth 14-November-1885
Place of Birth Cleveland
(United States of America, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Area code 216)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Constance Mayfield Rourke
Profession Writer, Educator, Historian
Constance Mayfield Rourke was an American author and educator. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Sorbonne and Vassar College. She taught at Vassar from 1910 to 1915. She died in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1941. Rourke specialized in American popular culture. She wrote numerous pieces of criticism for magazines like The Nation and The New Republic. However, she made her name as a writer of biographies and biographical sketches of notable American figures, such as John James Audubon, P.T. Barnum, Lotta Crabtree, Davy Crockett, and Charles Sheeler, as well as books exploring different components of American culture and its history, of which American Humor: A Study of the National Character, first published in 1931, is the most famous. During the 1930s she worked on the Index of American Design as part of the Works Progress Administration. Her work was essential in the formation of the scholarly fields of American Studies and American Literature.

Awards by Constance Rourke

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John Newbery Medal
Honored for : Audubon

Nominations 1937 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
John Newbery Medal Audubon


John Newbery Medal
Honored for : Davy Crockett

Nominations 1935 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
John Newbery Medal Davy Crockett