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The American Academy of Arts And Letters

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We are pleased to announce that the following Random House authors have been inducted into the The American Academy of Arts and Letters:

LITERATURE: Robert A. Caro·Joy Williams

FOREIGN HONORARY MEMBERS: Salman Rushdie

The following Random House authors have received awards by the academcy in literature:
ACADEMY AWARDS IN LITERATURE ($7500 given to honor and encourage creative work): Dan Chiasson·Rikki Ducornet·Edith Grossman·Mona Simpson

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER AWARD IN LITERATURE ($20,000 to a prose writer for achievement and dedication): John Edgar Wideman

MILDRED AND HAROLD STRAUSS LIVINGS ($50,000 a year for 5 years to two writers to devote their time exclusively to writing): Madison Smartt Bell

MORTON DAUWEN ZABEL AWARD IN LITERATURE ($10,000 to a writer of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies): Ben Marcus

The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers. The honor of election is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States. The Academy's purpose is to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists. This is done by administering awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding stage readings and performances of new works, and purchasing works of art to be donated to museums.

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