James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction


James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction

The James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction is a biannual award given by The Society of American Historians. The prize is given "to honor works of literary fiction that significantly advance the historical imagination" [http://sah.columbia.edu/prizes/cooper.html] . The prize is named for nineteenth century American historical novelist James Fenimore Cooper. The award includes a prize of $2,500.

The prize has been given 8 times since 1993:
* 1993: Shaman by Noah Gordon
* 1995: In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
* 1997: The Cattle Killing by John Edgar Wideman
* 1999: Gain by Richard Powers
* 2001: Tie: A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just and Bone by Bone by Peter Matthiessen
* 2003: Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker
* 2005: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
* 2007: The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen


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