20: the best of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001 - Fiction - 344 pages
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Over the post twenty years, judges such as Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Tabias Wolff, Alice McDermott, Frank Conroy, and Bharati Mukherjee have selected the best collections from the hundreds submitted annually for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, one of the most prestigious awards of its kind. Winning has helped launch the careers of a score of previously undiscovered authors, many of whom have enjoyed great commercial success as well as critical acclaim, including Stewart O'Nan, Edith Pearlman, David Basworth, Lucy Honig, W. D. Wetherell, Jane McCafferty, Rick DeMarinis, and Adria Bernardi.

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Writer John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D. C., on June 14, 1941. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at Oxford University, and was the second African American to become a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually founded and chaired the African American studies department. He also taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Wideman is the author of more than a dozen books. Sent for You Yesterday won a PEN/Faulkner Award in 1984, and Philadelphia Fire received one a decade later. Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award (1994) and Brothers and Keepers was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (1995).

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