Dispatches from the Republic of Letters: 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature
DescriptionCelebrating the prize that has honored international literature's top players, from Gabriel García Márquez to Edwidge Danticat, a groundbreaking collection of Neustadt Laureate acceptance speeches and literary evocations of the muse.
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About the Author
Daniel Simon serves as World Literature Today's assistant director and editor in chief. He teaches for the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he is a poet, translator, and member of the Academy of American poets; his poetry collections have been translated into multiple languages.
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"Like the prize itself, this volume is a tribute and a testament to literature, and a reward for readers." --Publishers Weekly
"Honorees have included Gabriel García Márquez, Elizabeth Bishop, Tomas Tranströmer, David Malouf, Claribel Alegría, and Dubravka Ugresic, with obvious attention to a diverse body of writers from many traditions and ethnicities. Many of those writers have faced political repression at home... The enchanters gathered in this volume all merit our attention. A welcome anthology for readers of world letters." --Kirkus Reviews
"If there is a single mode that operates across all the Dispatches, it is praise: praise for the authors; praise for the Neustadt family; praise for Norman, Oklahoma, where the prize is based; praise for the University of Oklahoma and WLT, the auspices under which the prize is awarded; and praise for the world of letters as such, frequently cast as an oppositional force to more political world affairs, even for this most 'apolitical' of prizes." --Jan Steyn, professor of Literary Translation and French at The University of Iowa
"Like the prize itself, this volume is a tribute and a testament to literature, and a reward for readers."--Lit Hub
"We are happy that, from a place so distant from the major cultural metropoles as Norman, Oklahoma, a place that exists not only in Kafka's America, renowned authors have been recognized and awarded a literary prize that has attained such consolidated and well-deserved international standing. As we know, few literary awards in the world have kept their prestige intact. The Neustadt Prize is undoubtedly one of them, hence its value and significance." --Latin American Literature Today
"[Dispatches from the Republic of Letters] is conversation of the highest order... If we hope to gain some insight about the true state of the nation's soul, we might consider how these writers stared into different abysses in their own countries and produced imaginative works that see all too clearly." -- Christopher Merrill, Los Angeles Review of Books