For the Record: Humanist Michael Fried Receives Academy
Award in Literature
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has bestowed
one of eight 2006 Academy Awards in Literature on Michael
Fried, the J.R. Herbert Boone Professor in the Humanities
at the Krieger School.
The awards, each of which includes a prize of $7,500,
honor writers of exceptional accomplishment in any genre.
Fried, who holds joint appointments in the
and the Department
of the History of Art, has written books about 18th-
and 19th-century painting and literature, including
Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and
Stephen Crane (1987); Courbet's Realism (1990);
and Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the
1860s (1996). He has also written a collection of
criticism of contemporary art, as well as three books of
poetry, the latest of which is The Next Bend in the
Fried previously received fellowships from the
Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the
Humanities, and, in 2004, he received a Distinguished
Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The awards will be presented on May 17 in New York at
the academy's annual ceremony. The academy, whose mission
is to "foster, assist and sustain an interest in
literature, music and the fine arts," consists of 250
writers, composers, painters, sculptors and architects.
Each year, members nominate candidates for the literature
prizes, and a rotating committee of writers selects
winners. This year's committee included Edward Hoagland,
John Hollander, Romulus Linney, Janet Malcolm, Grace Paley,
Reynolds Price and William Jay Smith.
—Angela Paik Schaeffer
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