Two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors – the poet Paul Muldoon and the historian David Levering Lewis – will be inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame, a non-profit group based at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
The induction luncheon will be held Oct. 24, from 1-4 p.m. in the Robert B. Meyner Reception Room at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel.
The mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark will be the guest speaker and NJIT President Robert Altenkirch will welcome guests on behalf of NJIT.
Editor’s Note: The induction lunch is open to the public. Call NJIT Professor Robert Lynch at (973) 596-3276 for tickets.
The New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame was established in 1976 by the late NJIT professor Herman A. Estrin. The group brings attention to the New Jersey’s writers by displaying their books and other memorabilia in NJIT’s Van Houten Library.
The poet Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. He is Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. His main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001) and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996.
Historian David Levering Lewis, University Professor and Professor of History at New York University, received the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1994 and again in 2001 for his two-volume life of W. E. B. Du Bois, W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868- 1919 (1993); and W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919- 1963 (2000). He was also awarded the Bancroft Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize in 1994. From 1985 to 1994, Lewis held the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professorship in the Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.