George Saunders

Eugenides, Chernow voted into arts academy

Jeffrey Eugenides, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, was in an especially inventive mood one night as he was walking to his office at Princeton University.

He wondered if he would ever be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the venerable honor society where members have ranged from Mark Twain to Dizzy Gillespie.

"Believe me, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about things like that," Eugenides, known for such works as "Middlesex" and "The Marriage Plot," told The Associated Press in a recent email. "But for some reason I did that night. I imagined myself finally being inducted at the age of 90, and saying to the...

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