Brown University Scholar Wins Prestigious Gish Prize

Chinua Achebe, the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of African studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was awarded the 2010 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The award is given annually to a person who has made an “outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” The prize includes a silver medallion and a $300,000 cash award.

Professor Achebe is a native of Nigeria. He is best known for his 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, which has sold 10 million copies worldwide and has appeared in print in 50 different languages.