Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism
The Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism is awarded for literary criticism by the University of Iowa on behalf of the Truman Capote Literary Trust. The value of the award is $30,000 (USD), and is said to be the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language. The formal name of the prize is the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, commemorating both Capote and his friend Newton Arvin, who was a distinguished critic and Smith College professor until he lost his job in 1960 after his homosexuality was publicly exposed.
- 2016 Kevin Birmingham - The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses
- 2015 Stanley Plumly - The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner With Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb
- 2014 Fredric Jameson - The Antinomies of Realism
- 2013 Marina Warner - Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
- 2012 Elaine Showalter - A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
- 2011 Mark McGurl - The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing
- 2010 Seth Lerer - Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter
- 2009 Geoffrey Hill - Collected Critical Writings
- 2008 Helen Small - The Long Life
- 2007 William H. Gass - A Temple of Texts
- 2006 Geoffrey Hartman and Daniel T. O'Hara - The Geoffrey Hartman Reader
- 2005 Angus Fletcher - A New Theory for American Poetry
- 2004 Susan Stewart - Poetry and the Fate of the Senses
- 2003 Seamus Heaney - Finders Keepers: Selected Prose, 1971-2001
- 2002 Declan Kiberd - Irish Classics
- 2001 Malcolm Bowie - Proust Among the Stars
- 2000 Elaine Scarry - Dreaming by the Book and Philip Fisher - Still the New World: American Literature in a Culture of Creative Destruction
- 1999 Charles Rosen - Romantic Poets, Critics, and Other Madmen
- 1998 John Kerrigan - Revenge Tragedy: Aeschylus to Armageddon
- 1997 John Felstiner - Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew
- 1996 Helen Vendler - The Given and the Made: Strategies of Poetic Redefinition
- Helen Small wins 2008 Truman Capote Award for literary criticism, University of Iowa news release, April 30, 2008.
- "Capote Trust Is Formed To Offer Literary Prizes", New York Times, March 25, 1994.
- "Kevin Birmingham wins Truman Capote Award", Harvard Gazette, May 23, 2016. ("Birmingham is the first author to receive this prestigious award for a first book.")
- Brittany Borghi, "Stanley Plumly receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, July 1, 2015.
- "Fredric Jameson receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, May 23, 2014.
- "Marina Warner receives top award", The Gazette, April 21, 2013
- Kelli Andresen, "Showalter book wins Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", Iowa Now, April 30, 2012.
- "UCLA English professor wins 2011 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", UCLA news release, April 13, 2011
- "Seth Lerer Wins 2010 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", University of Iowa news release, April 14, 2010.
- "Geoffrey Hill wins 2009 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", University of Iowa news release, April 15, 2009.
- "Gass wins 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism", Washington University in St. Louis news release, May 4, 2007.