Rita Dove, the renowned poet and author, has been awarded the National Book Award for lifetime achievement by the National Book Foundation. The award recognizes her distinguished contribution to American literature and marks a milestone rather than an end to her artistic journey. Dove, who has been a published author for 50 years, is best known for her poetry but has also worked in other art forms. In addition to her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection “Thomas and Beulah,” she has written short fiction, a novel, a play, and collaborated on a song cycle with Oscar-winning composer John Williams.
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