Hollinghurst wins Britain's Man Booker Prize
Posted October 20, 2004; 03:06 p.m.
Author Alan Hollinghurst, who is teaching at Princeton this fall, has won the 2004 Man Booker Prize, Britain's premier fiction award.
Hollinghurst is serving this semester as an Old Dominion Fellow and as a lecturer in the Humanities Council and the Creative Writing Program . He won the award for his fourth novel, "The Line of Beauty." The British-born writer was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994 for his second novel, "The Folding Star."
Now in its 35th year, the prize aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. The Man Booker judges are selected from the country's finest critics, writers and academics. The winner of the prize receives 50,000 pounds and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.
Hollinghurst won the Somerset Maugham and E.M. Forster awards for his first novel, "Swimming-Pool Library" (1988). It was followed by "The Folding Star," which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and "Spell" (1998).
"Alan Hollinghurst is one of the handful of living writers I most esteem," said Professor Edmund White, director of Princeton's Creative Writing Program. "He has written just four novels, but each of them has been a major statement, polished to a high level of beauty, thought out with the same deliberation and supreme intelligence that George Eliot brought to her books. If literature has a future, then Hollinghurst will belong to it."
"We're fortunate that the Humanities Council has brought Mr Hollinghurst to Princeton as a long-term fellow for this entire semester," White added. "We're doubly fortunate to be with him during this exciting period. ... Finally, our greatest good fortune is that he agreed to teach two courses this semester, which add luster to our program and offer a rare opportunity to his students."
Hollinghurst is teaching "Introductory Fiction" and "Advanced Fiction."
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