Urban wins 2010 Maxwell Perkins prize

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 09:49 AM IST

New York: Literary agent Amanda Urban has been honoured for her work encouraging writers of fiction in the United States.

The 2010 winner of the Maxwell E Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction was announced Thursday by the Center for Fiction. The nonprofits literary organization founded the award in 2005.

Urban has represented Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy, among others.

The Perkins prize is named in honour of the celebrated editor who worked with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Previous recipients include Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Jonathan Galassi and Alfred A. Knopf editor Gary Fisketjon. Urban is the first agent to win.

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