Professor of Creative Writing and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He joins 11 other newly elected members the fields of Fine Art, Literature, and Music, including former theater faculty member and Artist-in-Residence in the Department of African American Studies Lynn Nottage.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Early members include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Edward MacDowell, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, and Edith Wharton. The Academy’s 250 members are elected for life and pay no dues. In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.
The induction and award ceremony will be held in New York in mid-May.