Philip Roth wins PEN/Saul Bellow award

Philip Roth wins PEN/Saul Bellow award

<p>The winner of the first PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction is Philip Roth, the Associated Press reported. Roth, whose books include <em>Portnoy&#39;s Complaint</em> and <em>American Pastoral</em>, was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for the third time in 2007 for his latest book, <em>Everyman</em>.</p><p>&quot;To my mind,&quot; Roth said in a statement provided to the AP, &quot;Saul Bellow and William Faulkner form the backbone of 20th-century American literature.&quot; Throughout the years, Roth has been honored with the Pulitzer Prize for <em>American Pastoral</em>, several National Book Awards and several National Book Critics Circle prizes.</p><p>&quot;The initial selection of Philip Roth sets a very high standard and bodes well for the establishment of this prize as one of the pre-eminent awards of American literature,&quot; said Ron Chernow, historian and recent PEN American president, in a statement.</p><p>The USD 40,000 award will be given every two years, in conjunction with PEN and the Bellow estate, with a grant from author and philanthropist Evelyn Stefansson Nef. A three-person panel will judge the award, which will honor distinguished living American fiction authors.</p>