Hermione Lee accepted the Man Booker International Prize on behalf of Philip Roth, its fourth honoree and first American, at the Whitehall award ceremony on 28 June.
Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, academic and author, is the dedicatee of Roth’s most recent book Nemesis, and described Roth as “the great literary adventurer, performer, and self-transformer of this and the last century. He has been one of the giants of American fiction for over fifty years, with a following across the world, and the award of the International Man Booker for his life's work is a welcome recognition of his audacity, energy, imaginative courage, comic bravura and historical seriousness."
In 1982, Professor Lee published a critical study of Roth and conducted the Paris Review interview with him, which has recently been reissued.
Pictured below, Hermione Lee and Chair of judges Rick Gekoski.