American writer Don DeLillo has earned been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Faulkner Award, a National Book Award, and many other prizes over his decades-long literary career. Now he’s about to add a new honor to his trophy case: a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation.
According to the Foundation, “DeLillo is being honored for a diverse body of work that examines the mores of contemporary modern American culture and brilliantly embeds the rhythms of everyday speech within a beautifully composed, contoured narrative.”
DeLillo will receive his award at 66th annual National Book Award ceremonies in New York City on November 18th of this year. He’ll be introduced by author and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan.
DeLillo was born in the borough of the Bronx in New York City and has been writing since the 1960s. He’s known for his postmodern novels and short stories, which have examined terrorism, technology, and the role of the writer in society. He has published 15 novels and a novella. His newest novel, Zero K, will come out next year. DeLillo has also written more than 20 short stories, as well as several plays, screenplays, and essays.