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Philip Roth to be honored

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 02, 2011 7:20 AM

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Philip Roth, a former University of Iowa creative writing professor and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will be awarded a 2010 National Humanities Medal Citation at the White House today.

Roth, a New Jersey native, has written 24 novels, including Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral, which won the Pulitzer in 1998. His criticism has appeared in leading literary journals, according to a White House press release.

President Obama will present the awards to a group of 20 medalists in Arts and National Humanities.

The award honors individuals or groups “whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities,” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

— by Sam Lane


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