Honors — May 30, 2013, 8:00 am

“The Old Dictionary,” by Lydia Davis, Winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize

Our congratulations to Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories of Lydia DavisOur congratulations to Lydia Davis, who last week was awarded the 2013 Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

Harper’s has published many of Davis’s stories since 1986. One of her finest in our archive, “The Old Dictionary” (September 2000), is available to all readers here.

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