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Paul West

Paul West is the author of seventeen novels, recently The Tent of Orange Mist, runner-up for the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize and nominated for the Nobel Prize. He is also the author of ten works of non-fiction including A Stroke of Genius and the bestselling Words For a Deaf Daughter. He has won various honors, among them the 1993 Lannan Prize for Fiction, an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Hazlett Award for Excellence in the Arts. His foreign awards include the Grand Prix Halperine-Kaminsky for the Best Foreign Book in 1993, and nominations for the Medicis, Femina, and Meilleur Livre prizes.

A Guggenheim Fellow and a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library, he has taught at Brown, Cornell, Arizona, and many other universities and in 1994 received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Joint Graduate Schools of the Northeast. He was educated at Oxford and Columbia Universities and has just published a long new novel entitled Terrestrials.

In 1996 the French government created him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Also in 1996, he was once again nominated for the Prix Medicis, given for the best foreign novel.
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