The Prizes

NEUSTADT QUOTES

“[Raja Rao is] perhaps the most brilliant—and certainly the most interesting—writer of modern India.”—Santha Rama Rau on 1988 Neustadt Prize Laureate Raja Rao

A Look Back At…

  • Francis Ponge
    1974 - Francis Ponge

    "Verbal humor is one of the more obvious features of Ponge's style. It runs the whole gamut of word play, down to the outrageous sort of pun customarily greeted with a groan. In part, this carries on the systematic surrealist destruction of conventional literature."—Micheal Riffaterre, "Francis Ponge's Poetic of Humor" (Books Abroad Vol. 48, Autumn 1974) Francis Ponge (1899-1988) is a French essayist and poet. He was born in Montpellier and studied at the world-renowned Sorbonne. His…

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A Look Back At…

  • 2003 – Mildred D. Taylor

    "As the first recipient of this landmark prize, Mildred D. Taylor will help remind the world of the importance — in fact, the urgency — of high quality children's and young adult literature. She is a superb and deeply moving writer, and her selection as the first NSK laureate will set a very high standard for the many NSK awards that will follow."—Robert Con Davis-Undiano, World Literature Today executive director Mildred D. Taylor (b. 1943) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but her…

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NSK Quotes

Katherine Paterson’s books have blessed children and children’s literature by putting human faces on all kinds of characters. She’s made marginal children seem less marginal, foreign children less foreign, and hopeless children more hopeful. In addition to elevating children’s literature, Paterson’s books and stories have also inspired readers to elevate themselves and their world.” — Chris Crowe, WLT Vol. 82, May 2008