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Peter Sherwin Prescott, American writer. Recipient George Polk award criticism, 1978, 1st prize Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards, 1981; fellow Guggenheim Foundation, 1977, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1993.


Prescott, Peter Sherwin was born on July 15, 1935 in New York City. Son of Orville and Lilias (Ward-Smith) Prescott.


Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Harvard, 1957.


Editor, Evangelical Presbyterian Dutton Company. New York City, 1958-1967;literature editor, syndicated columnist, Women's Wear Daily, New York City, 1964-1968;member of faculty, Publications School for Writers, New York City, 1965-1966;literature editor, columnist, Look magazine, 1968-1971;book critic, Newsweek magazine, New York City, 1971-1991;senior writer, Newsweek magazine, 1978-1991;lecturer, United States State Department, 1978; Adjunct Professor, Graduate School Journalism, Columbia University, 1979-1986.


  • In 1981 he publish The Child Savers, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 1982 Book award given annually to a novelist who "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.".



Member Democratic town Committee, New Canaan, 1969-1972, 1999-2001. Constable Town of New Canaan, 1969-1973. Board directors Authors Guild Foundation, 1970-1995, president, 1971-1993.

Executive board Authors League Fund, since 1987, 1st vice president, 1994-1997, president, since 1997. Trustee New Canaan Library., 1998-1901. With United States Army Reserve, 1958-1964.

Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center (executive board 1974-1976), Authors League American (executive board 1974-1976), Association Literary Scholars and Critics, Authors Guild (executive board 1971-1991), National Book Critics Circle (executive board 1973-1975, 92-93), Century Association, Harvard Club (New York City), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Anne Courthope Kirsopp Lake, June 22, 1957. Children: David Sherwin, Antonia Courthope.

Orville Prescott

Lilias (Ward-Smith) Prescott

Anne Courthope Kirsopp Lake

David Sherwin Prescott

Antonia Courthope Prescott