Prize winning author Mailer honored by Pratt Society

November 08, 2003|By Adrienne Saunders

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Norman Mailer will receive the Enoch Pratt Society's Lifetime Literary Achievement Award at the society's annual dinner tonight at the Central Library on Cathedral Street.

Mailer won the Pulitzer for general nonfiction in 1969 for The Armies of the Night, a book about the Vietnam War for which he also won the National Book Award and a George Polk Award. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1980 for The Executioner's Song, a novel about the life of Utah murder convict Gary Gilmore.

Authors selected for the award have "made a profound impact on the literary world," said Mona Rock, a spokeswoman for the library. Members of the Enoch Pratt Society chose Mailer as the recipient from a selection of nominees presented by the society's president, Bob Hillman.

Mailer is the seventh recipient of this annual $10,000 award since the society's founding in 1997. Previous winners include Toni Morrison and Tom Wolfe.

The dinner begins at 8 p.m. and is open to invited guests and Enoch Pratt Society members only.

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