Literary Award

Recipients of the Saint Louis Literary Award

The highlight of each year for the Associates, at least since 1967, has been the selection of the recipient and the presentation of the St. Louis Literary Award to a distinguished figure in literature. From 1967 until 1981, the award was known as the Messing Award in honor of Roswell and Wilma Messing, Jr., who provided the initial funding for the prize.

 
2012 Tony Kushner 1989 Richard Purdy Wilbur
2011 Mario Vargas Llosa 1988 Joyce Carol Oates
2010 Don Delillo 1987 John Updike
2009 Salman Rushdie 1986 Saul Bellow
2008 E. L. Doctorow 1985 Walker Percy
2007 William H. Gass 1984 No Recipient
2006 Michael Frayn 1983 Eudora Welty
2005 Richard Ford 1982 William Styron
2004 Garry Wills 1981 James A. Michener
2003 Margaret Drabble 1980 Arthur Miller
2002 Joan Didion 1979 Howard Nemerov
2001 Simon Schama 1978 Mortimer J. Adler
2000 N. Scott Momaday 1977 Robert Penn Warren
1999 Chinua Achebe 1976 R. Buckminster Fuller
1998 Seamus Heaney 1975 John Hope Franklin
1997 Stephen E. Ambrose 1974 Tennessee Williams
1996 Antonia Fraser 1973 James T. Farrell
1995 Edward Albee 1972 Francis Warner
1994 Stephen Jay Gould 1971 Barbara Tuchman
1993 David McCullough 1970 W. H. Auden
1992 Shelby Foote 1969 George Plimpton
1991 August Wilson 1968 Jacques Barzun
1990 Tom Wolfe 1967 Henry Steele Commager

 


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