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Richardson earns award from American Academy of Arts and Letters

James Richardson, professor of English, is one of eight writers to receive an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $7,500 award is intended to honor "writers of exceptional accomplishment in any genre," according to the academy.

Richardson, who graduated from Princeton in 1971, has been a faculty member since 1980. He has written six books of poetry, most recently "Vectors: Aphorisms and 10-Second Essays" (2001). He also is the author of two critical studies, "Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Necessity" (1977) and "Vanishing Lives: Style and Self in Tennyson, D.G. Rossetti, Swinburne and Yeats" (1988). His essays and aphorisms have appeared in Poetry, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly and Ontario Review.

Richardson has received the Cecil Hemley and Robert Winner prizes of the Poetry Society of America, several New Jersey Council on the Arts awards and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

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