James Salter wins Rea short story prize

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 23 at 12:13 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — James Salter has won the Rea (RAY') Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.

Rea judges released a statement Tuesday praising the 86-year-old Salter as "the most stylish and grave and exact of writers."

Salter will receive $30,000 for the award. It was established in 1986 by the late philanthropist Michael M. Rae and is now directed by his wife, Elizabeth Richebourg (REESH'-borg) Rea.

Salter is revered for his precise, insightful prose. His collections include "Last Night" and "Dusk and Other Stories." He also wrote the novel "A Sport and a Pastime" and the memoir "Burning the Days."

Previous winners include Eudora Welty, John Updike and Grace Paley.

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