2012 PEN/Saul Bellow Award
PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction ($25,000): To a writer whose body of work places him or her in the highest rank of American literature. Judges: Don DeLillo, Jennifer Egan, and George Saunders.
Winner: E. L. Doctorow
E.L. Doctorow’s work is published in more than 30 languages. His novels include The Book of Daniel, a National Book Award nominee in 1972; Ragtime, which received the first National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1976; World’s Fair, which won the 1986 National Book Award; Billy Bathgate, winner of the PEN/Faulkner prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the William Dean Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1990; The Waterworks; City of God; and The March, which received the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has published two collections of short fiction, Lives of the Poets, (1984) a New York Times Notable Book, and Sweetland Stories (2004), a New York Times Notable Book, and three volumes of essays, Jack London, Hemingway and the Constitution (1993), Reporting the Universe (2003), and Creationists (2007). His new novel, Homer & Langley is to be published in September 2009. Mr. Doctorow is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1998 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal at the White House. He holds the Lewis and Loretta Glucksman chair in English and American Letters at New York University.