University of Rochester

Joanna Scott Receives Lannan Foundation Literary Award

October 5, 1999

Joanna Scott, novelist and Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester, has been named a recipient of a 1999 Lannan Literary Award, presented by the Lannan Foundation of New Mexico for work of exceptional quality in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

Each of the 10 winners is given an award of $75,000. Recipients are selected by the foundation's literary committee from recommendations made by writers, literary, scholars, publishers, and editors across the country.

Scott is the broadly acclaimed author of four novels: The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997; Arrogance, which received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and a nomination for the PEN/Faulkner Award; The Closest Possible Union, and Fading, My Parmacheene Belle.

In addition, she has published a collection of short stories, Various Antidotes, which was also a PEN/Faulkner Award nominee.Scott's new novel, Make Believe, will be published by Little, Brown and Company in February.

The recipient of prestigious MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, Scott has been a full-time member of the University's faculty since 1988, teaching courses in creative writing, contemporary literature, and Charles Dickens. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, Princeton University, and Brown University.

The Lannan Literary Awards were established in 1989 to recognize writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature or who show potential for outstanding future work.