2005 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters


Internationally acclaimed author Tom Wolfe is the 2005 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters.

The annual award was established to honor and recognize an individual who represents the very highest level of achievement in fiction writing.

Wolfe received the award Nov. 15 in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The author of 12 books including the best seller The Right Stuff, Wolfe won the American Book Award for general non-fiction in 1979.

Raised in Richmond, Va., Wolfe holds his degrees from Washington and Lee University and Yale University. He worked as a reporter for The Springfield Union, The Washington Post and The New York Herald Tribune before beginning his career as a novelist with his first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, published in 1965.

Other national best sellers include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons

The Weis fellowship was established through a grant from the Degenstein Foundation in honor of Janet Weis, author, civic leader and philanthropist. Weis is trustee emerita of Bucknell University. Her late husband, Sigfried Weis, was chair of the Bucknell Board of Trustees from 1982-88.