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Muldoon to receive Shakespeare Prize

Princeton poet Paul Muldoon has been named the recipient of the 2004 Shakespeare Prize.

The prize, one of the oldest awarded by Alfred Toepfer Stiftung Foundation of Hamburg, Germany, is given every year for outstanding contributions to the European cultural heritage in English-speaking countries. It is presented in the fields of art, literature and humanities and is worth 20,000 euros.

The prize is associated with a scholarship worth 11,040 euros for a promising young artist, nominated by the prize-winner, enabling him or her to study at a German college or university for one year. This year's Shakespeare scholarship goes to Merlene Griffin of Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton, will attend the awards ceremony Sept. 17 in Hamburg and give a reading of his work.

Muldoon was born in Northern Ireland and moved to the United States in 1987. He joined the Princeton faculty as a lecturer in 1990 and was named a full professor in 1995. He directed the University's Program in Creative Writing from 1993 until 2002. In 1999, he was elected to also serve as a professor of poetry at the University of Oxford.

In 2003, Muldoon won the Pulitzer Prize for "Moy Sand and Gravel," his 25th volume of poetry and the ninth collection of his poems. A fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature in 1996. His other awards include the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize.

Muldoon's other collections of poetry are "New Weather" (1973), "Mules" (1977), "Why Brownlee Left" (1980), "Quoof" (1983), "Meeting the British" (1987), "Madoc: A Mystery" (1990), "The Annals of Chile" (1994), "Hay" (1998) and "Poems 1968-1998" (2001). He also has published in the fields of drama, literary criticism, translation and children's literature. His work has been the subject of readings, lectures, conference papers and theses by students and scholars from around the globe.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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