John Updike wins PEN/Faulkner award

Updike was cited for "The Early Stories," a compilation of short fiction from 1953-1975.

March 29, 2004|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

John Updike, already among the most honored of contemporary literary writers, has received yet another prize. He was named the winner Monday of the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction.

Updike was cited for "The Early Stories," a compilation of short fiction from 1953-1975. He will receive $15,000.

"Story after story has that moment of a deftly-rendered revelation, subtle and astonishing, that honest recognition of who we are," PEN/Faulkner judge Elizabeth Strout said in a statement Monday.

Previous winners of the PEN/Faulkner include Philip Roth, Don DeLillo and Tobias Wolff, a runner-up this year for his novel "Old School." Other finalists included ZZ Packer's "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere," Caryl Phillips' "A Distant Shore" and Frederick Barthelme's "Elroy Nights."

The 72-year old Updike, best known for such fiction as "Couples" and "Rabbit is Rich," has won numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Critics Circle award and the National Book Award.

Originally published March 29, 2004, 12:56 PM EST

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