Playwright Arthur Miller has been named the winner of the first PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award to a master American dramatist.
Miller's award highlighted a list of prizes announced by PEN American Center, the national association of literary writers.In choosing Miller, the judges for the PEN/Laura Pels award - Pels, Wendy Wasserstein and Lanford Wilson - said: "He is constantly working with young directors on innovative productions, such as the current revival of `A View From the Bridge' on Broadway.
"But most importantly, Arthur Miller is not resting on his deserved laurels, but continuing to build the body of work of one of this country's and this century's greatest playwrights."
In another award for play writing given in conjunction with the Laura Pels Foundation, Richard Greenberg, the author of "Eastern Standard" and the book for a new version of "Pal Joey," among other works for the stage, will receive a $5,000 stipend for an American playwright in mid-career.
The PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize of $3,000 goes to Peter Constantine, translator of "Six Early Stories" by Thomas Mann, published by Sun & Moon. The $1,000 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation goes to Eamon Grennan for his translation of "Selected Poems" by Giacomo Leopardi (Princeton).
The $3,000 PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay goes to Adam Hochschild for "Finding the Trapdoor" (Syracuse). The $1,000 PEN/
Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir goes to Peter Balakian for "Black Dog of Fate" (Basic), about growing up in the New Jersey suburbs during the 1950s and '60s and his discovery of the massacres of Armenians by Turks early in this century.
The PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, carrying a prize of $1,000 and residence at the Vermont Studio Center, goes to Serge Schmemann, a New York Times correspondent, for "Echoes of a Native Land" (Knopf).
The $5,000 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry goes to C.K. Williams. The $2,000 Gregory Kolovakos Award for a translator, scholar or educator whose career has contributed to the appreciation of Hispanic literatures by English-language readers goes to Johannes Wilbert, emeritus professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, for his role as series editor of the 24-volume "Folk Literature of South American Indians."