HOWELLS MEDAL 
FOR 
AMERICAN FICTION
1925-2000







William Dean Howells (1837-1920) 

The Howells Medal honors William Dean Howells (1837-1920), the editor and novelist whose industry and influence made him the leading American man of letters of his age. The Award is conferred by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is given every five years to an outstanding work of American fiction. While the Award has usually specified a specific work by a novelist, some awards have been made to novelists for their general body of work.

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2000 Don DeLillo Underworld
1995 John Updike Rabbit at Rest
1990 E. L. Doctorow Billy Bathgate
1985 No award  
1980 William Maxwell So Long, See You Tomorrow
1975 Thomas Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow
1970 William Styron The Confessions of Nat Turner 
1965 John Cheever The Wapshot Scandal
1960 James Gould Cozzens By Love Possessed
1955 Eudora Welty The Ponder Heart
1950 William Faulkner
 
1945 Booth Tarkington  
1940 Ellen Glasgow  
1935 Pearl S. Buck  
1930 Willa Cather Death Comes to the Archbishop
1925 Mary E. Wilkins Freeman  

 
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