PEN/Faulkner fiction prize goes to Proulx's 'Postcards'

April 21, 1993|By Tim Warren

"Postcards," E. Annie Proulx's first novel, has won the 1993 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the last of the four major awards to be given this literary season. Ms. Proulx became the first woman to win the PEN/Faulkner since it was founded in 1980.

"Postcards" describes the 40-year wanderings of Loyal Blood, who is forced to flee his Vermont farm after committing a crime and stays in touch with his family by sending postcards.

It was selected by judges Frederick Busch, Janet Kauffman and Rudolfo Anaya from more than 275 novels and short story collections published in the United States in 1992.

Ms. Proulx will receive her $15,000 award at a ceremony May 15 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

Also nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award were Robert Olen Butler's "A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain," which won a Pulitzer Prize last week; Francisco Goldman's "The Long Night of White Chickens"; Maureen Howard's "Natural History"; and Sylvia Watanabe's "Talking to the Dead." Last year's winner was Don DeLillo, for his novel "Mao II."

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