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Poet, critic Susan Stewart earns Truman Capote Award

Poet and critic Susan Stewart has been chosen for the 2004 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin.

Stewart, a professor of English at Princeton, won the award for "Poetry and the Fate of the Senses," published in 2002 by the University of Chicago Press. The $50,000 Capote Award, the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language, is administered for the Truman Capote estate by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Stewart will receive the award and read from her poetry collection "Columbarium," which earlier this year won the National Book Critics Circle Award, on Sept. 17 at the University of Iowa.

"Poetry and the Fate of the Senses" examines the role of the senses in the creation and reception of poetry. The book was selected for the Capote Award by an international panel of prominent critics and writers. Books of general literary criticism in English, published during the last four years, are eligible for the award.

Stewart's other books of criticism include "On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection"; "Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation"; and "Nonsense: Aspects of Intertextuality in Folklore and Literature." Her collected essays on art, "The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics," is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. She also co-translated Euripides' "Andromache" with Wesley Smith, and the poetry and prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini.

Stewart is the recipient of a Lila Wallace Individual Writer's Award, two grants in poetry from the National Endowment in the Arts, a Pew Fellowship for the Arts and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Stewart joined the Princeton faculty this summer. She had been the Donald T. Regan Professor in English at the University of Pennsylvania since 1997 and, prior to that, was a faculty member at Temple University since 1978. She teaches the history of poetry and aesthetics at Princeton.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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