Thornton Wilder Prize

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The Thornton Wilder Prize is awarded by the American Academy of Arts & Letters to a practitioner, scholar or patron who has made a significant contribution to the art of literary translation. It was established by Tappan Wilder and Catharine Wilder Guiles, the nephew and niece of Academy member Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), and given for the first time in 2009. [1]

Recipients of the Thornton Wilder Prize

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