Award Winners Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List

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List of Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners from every year the award has been given out. All Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award are listed along with photos for every Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners of all time. Anybody who won the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, so most of the famous Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You may want to copy this list to make your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. Clifton Fadiman and John Updike are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list (17 items)

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Adrienne Rich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Adrienne Rich Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was ...more

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Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Arthur Miller Arthur Asher Miller was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, ...more

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Clifton Fadiman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Clifton Fadiman Clifton Paul "Kip" Fadiman was an American intellectual, author, editor, radio and television personality.

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David McCullough is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
David McCullough David Gaub McCullough is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential ...more

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Eudora Welty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Eudora Welty Eudora Alice Welty was an American author of short stories and novels about the American South. Her novel The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the ...more

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Gwendolyn Brooks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet and teacher. She was the first Black person to win a Pulitzer prize when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 for her second ...more

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James Laughlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
James Laughlin James Laughlin was an American poet and literary book publisher who founded New Directions Publishing.

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Joan Didion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Joan Didion Joan Didion is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the ...more

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John Updike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
John Updike John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of ...more

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Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Judy Blume Judy Blume is an American writer. Her novels for children and young adults have exceeded sales of 80 million and have been translated into 32 languages. In 1996 she won the Margaret Edwards ...more

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Norman Mailer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Norman Mailer Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor and political activist. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was published in 1948. His ...more

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, ...more

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Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Philip Roth Philip Milton Roth is an American novelist. He first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, an irreverent and humorous portrait of American-Jewish life for which he received ...more

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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Ray Bradbury Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories ...more

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Stephen King Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more

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Studs Terkel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Studs Terkel Louis "Studs" Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster. He received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for "The Good War", and is best ...more

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Winners List
Toni Morrison Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The ...more