SONDHEIM TO BE HONOURED BY PEN AMERICA

Feb 08, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Stephen Sondheim is about to add to his long list of honours.
The latest comes from the literary and human rights organization PEN America – which has announced that the composer is this year’s recipient of the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

Meryl Streep will present Sondheim with the prize at the group’s annual literary gala April 25th – at the American Museum of Natural History.

Sondheim has written the music or lyrics or both – for a number of block-buster musicals including West Side Story, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods.

PEN will also honour Macmillan CEO John Sargent – for his advocacy of publishers’ and authors’ rights.

It’s the second straight year PEN has cited a publisher who confronted Amazon.  In 2010, Amazon removed “Buy” buttons from Macmillan books including works by Jonathan Franzen and Hilary Mantel – in a dispute over e-book prices.

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