writer, The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik is one of our most esteemed and well-liked man of letters. Having come to prominence as a writer for *The New Yorker* since 1986 and first and foremost an observer of American life, he writes about modern life, culture, and sensibilities in essays, fiction, profiles, and reviews with unmatched wit and savvy. Mr. Gopnik's observations on expatriate life in Paris, where he lived for several years, were first published in the magazine and then collected in a book called *Paris to the Moon* (2000). His just published book is *Angels & Ages: How Lincoln and Darwin Invented the Mind of the Modern World*. For his work, Mr. Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.