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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  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.")
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  7. "Fredric Jameson receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, May 23, 2014.
  8. "Marina Warner receives top award", The Gazette , April 21, 2013
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  13. "Gass wins 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", Washington University in St. Louis news release, May 4, 2007.
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