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The William Dean Howells Medal

Named after Academy member Williams Dean Howells (1837-1920), the medal is given once every five years in recognition of the most distinguished American novel published during that period. The first winner of the Howells Medal was Mary E. Wilkins Freeman in 1925, followed by Willa Cather in 1930, and Pearl S. Buck in 1935. Other recipients include William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, E. L. Doctorow, John Updike, Don DeLillo, and Shirley Hazzard.

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