Elaine Showalter Wins the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism

Elaine Showalter, professor emerita and the former Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. The award comes with a $30,000 cash prize. The Truman Capote Award is administered by University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Professor Showalter will receive the award at a ceremony on the University of Iowa campus this fall.

Professor Showalter is being honored for her book A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. In the book, Professor Showalter discusses more than 250 women writers.

Dr. Showalter is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She earned a master’s degree at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. at the University of California at Davis.

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