Joseph Epstein on Literary Prizes and Their Status

“The Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Saul Bellow only after Bellow had won the Nobel Prize, which must have seemed like being given a cup of warmed-over instant coffee twenty minutes after having drunk the world’s most expensive cognac.”

Joseph Epstein

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Big Curmudgeon. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2007.

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