(AP) Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who has faced accusations of plagiarism over a 1987 book, has resigned from the Pulitzer Prize board, Columbia University announced Friday.
In a letter to board President John Carroll, Goodwin said, “after the controversy earlier this year surrounding my book, ‘The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,’ and the need now to concentrate on my Lincoln manuscript, I will not be able to give the board the kind of attention it deserves.”
Goodwin, who joined the board in 1999, won a Pulitzer for her 1995 book “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.”
In January, as journalists probed the biographies and works of several high-profile historians, Goodwin acknowledged that “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys” contained sections of text taken without attribution from another author.
Author Lynne McTaggart told reporters that Goodwin’s work contained “dozens and dozens” of passages from her 1983 biography of Kathleen Kennedy.
Goodwin said the copying was accidental, the result of a longhand note-taking system that didn’t distinguish between her own observations and passages from other texts.
As the controversy grew, Goodwin withdrew from this year’s Pulitzer Prize judging in April.
The Pulitzers, American journalism’s most prestigious prizes, are administered by Columbia University.