Tom Mallon Receives Vursell Prize

Tom Mallon’s books on display at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Last week Prof. Thomas Mallon was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with its Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award, a $10,000 prize “given annually to single out recent prose that merits recognition for the quality of its style.” Prof. Mallon joins a distinguished list of previous prizewinners, including Amy Hempl, Ann Patchett, and Tom Wolfe.

The award ceremony is a large affair held at the Academy’s auditorium on West 156th Street in New York. Each year, winners gather on stage for a group photo. The photo below shows Tom accepting the award from writer Lorrie Moore. If you squint, you can see Edward Albee, to Tom’s left, applauding.

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