Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism

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The Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism is awarded for literary criticism by the University of Iowa on behalf of the Truman Capote Literary Trust. The value of the award is $30,000 (USD), and is said to be the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language. [1] The formal name of the prize is the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, commemorating both Capote and his friend Newton Arvin, who was a distinguished critic and Smith College professor until he lost his job in 1960 after his homosexuality was publicly exposed. [2]

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Fredric Jameson American academic

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William H. Gass American fiction writer, critic, philosophy professor

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Erich Auerbach

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Geoffrey Hill English poet (1932–2016)

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Newton Arvin American literary critic and academic

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Elaine Scarry American academic

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Stanley Plumly

Stanley Plumly was an American poet and the director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.

Dame Gillian Patricia Kempster Beer, is a British literary critic and academic. She was President of Clare Hall from 1994 to 2001, and King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge from 1994 to 2002.

Mark McGurl is an American literary critic specializing in 20th-century American literature. He is the Albert L. Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University.

Seth Lerer is an American scholar who specializes in historical analyses of the English language, in addition to critical analyses of the works of several authors, particularly Geoffrey Chaucer. He is a Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as the Dean of Arts and Humanities from 2009 to 2014. He previously held the Avalon Foundation Professorship in Humanities at Stanford University. Lerer won the 2010 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for Children’s Literature: A Readers’ History from Aesop to Harry Potter.

Helen Small is Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. She was previously a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

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  2. "Capote Trust Is Formed To Offer Literary Prizes", New York Times , March 25, 1994.
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  4. "Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism: Gillian Beer", University of Iowa, October 19, 2017.
  5. "Kevin Birmingham wins Truman Capote Award", Harvard Gazette , May 23, 2016. ("Birmingham is the first author to receive this prestigious award for a first book.")
  6. Brittany Borghi, "Stanley Plumly receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, July 1, 2015.
  7. "Fredric Jameson receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, May 23, 2014.
  8. "Marina Warner receives top award", The Gazette , April 21, 2013
  9. Kelli Andresen, "Showalter book wins Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", Iowa Now, April 30, 2012.
  10. "UCLA English professor wins 2011 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", UCLA news release, April 13, 2011
  11. "Seth Lerer Wins 2010 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", University of Iowa news release, April 14, 2010.
  12. "Geoffrey Hill wins 2009 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", University of Iowa news release, April 15, 2009.
  13. "Gass wins 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", Washington University in St. Louis news release, May 4, 2007.
  14. "Harvard critics Elaine Scarry and Philip Fisher share 2000 Capote Award at UI". www.news-releases.uiowa.edu. University News Service - The University of Iowa. April 5, 2000. Retrieved 2016-12-08.