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The 2016 Mark Twain Award will be given to the American essayist Michael Martone at June’s annual Symposium in East Lansing, MI.
The Society also presents the 2015 MidAmerica Award every year for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern literature. The award will be presented at this year’s Symposium to Donald Pizer, Pierce Butler Professor of English, Emeritus, Newcomb College at Tulane University. He is author of a major study, Realism and Naturalism in 19th Century American Literature (1984), as well as The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism (1995), and both authoritative editions and critical studies of the works of Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, John dos Passos, and Stephen Crane, among others.