Marilynne Robinson Awarded Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

March 30, 2016 - 10:15am

Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and F. Wendell Miller Professor of English and Creative Writing at the Writers’ Workshop, will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The annual prize honors an American writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality and imagination. The award seeks to commend strong, unique, enduring voices that—throughout long, consistently accomplished careers—have told us something new about the American experience. Robinson was chosen based on the recommendation of a jury of distinguished authors and prominent literary critics from around the world.

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao chose Robinson on the recommendation of a jury of distinguished authors and prominent literary critics from around the world. He said of the selection, "With the depth and resonance of her novels, Marilynne Robinson captures the American soul. We are proud to confer this prize on her and her extraordinary work."

Robinson is the author of four novels: Lila (2014), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home (2008), winner of the Orange Prize (UK) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize;Gilead (2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; andHousekeeping (1980), winner of PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her five nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things: Essays (2015) and The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998).

Recent recipients of the Library of Congress prize include Louise Erdrich (2015), E. L. Doctorow (2014), and Don DeLillo (2013).