The winner of this year’s Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism is Seth Lerer for his work, Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter.
A scholarly work written in a style accessible to the general reader, “Children’s Literature” was previously awarded the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Lerer relied on his experiences as a parent and his own passion for reading in creating this “intellectual autobiography”.
Works published in English during the last four years are considered for the award which is administered by the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop for the Capote Estate and comes with a $30,000 cash prize, the largest in the field of literary criticism.
Past winners of the Capote Award include British scholar P.N. Furbank; Helen Vendler of Harvard University; John Felstiner of Stanford University; John Kerrigan of Cambridge University; pianist/scholar Charles Rosen of the University of Chicago; Elaine Scarry and Philip Fisher of Harvard University; Malcolm Bowie of Oxford University; Declan Kiberd of University College, Dublin; Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney; Susan Stewart of Princeton University; Angus Fletcher of the City University of New York Graduate School; Geoffrey Hartman of Yale University; William Gass of Washington University in St. Louis; Helen Small of Pembroke College, Oxford University; and Geoffrey Hill of Boston University.