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Literary Critic and Scholar Stephen Greenblatt to Receive 2016 Holberg Prize

3/11/2016

greenblattLiterature scholar Stephen Greenblatt, a former board member of the American Council of Learned Societies and past president of the Modern Language Association, was named today as the recipient of the prestigious Holberg Prize for 2016.

The prize, which was established by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, is awarded annually to "a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology, either within one of these fields or through interdisciplinary work."

"Stephen Greenblatt well deserves this prize for his rigorous scholarship that speaks to a multitude of audiences," said Pauline Yu, president of ACLS. "Congratulations to our good friend and former Board member!"

Greenblatt, the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, is an accomplished literary critic and theorist, whose work on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature has garnered awards from the Guggenheim and Mellon foundations. His book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern won a National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Greenblatt will accept the Holberg Prize at an award ceremony in Bergen, Norway in June.

Read more about the Holberg Prize here.

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