Tom Stoppard Wins PEN/Pinter Award


This year’s PEN/Pinter Prize, “awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit,” goes to Tom Stoppard.

Stoppard’s plays, including classics like Jumpers and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, have been interrogating philosophy, society, and humanity for decades. He has also participated in several human-rights campaigns.

Of Harold Pinter, in whose memory the award is given, Stoppard says, “Harold was one of the reasons I wanted to write plays…He became and remained a model for the kind of fearless integrity which PEN exists to defend among writers…”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →