facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Late author Mailer wins 'bad sex' prize

Nov. 29, 2007 at 10:49 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. author Norman Mailer is the first writer to posthumously win Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the BBC reported.

The review presents the prize in an attempt to discourage writers from writing dreadful scenes of passion. It is bestowed upon the author of a bad passage in an otherwise well-written book.

Mailer, who died last month at the age of 84, earned the distinction for his lamentable description of an encounter in his recent novel, "The Castle in the Forest."

Four hundred guests turned out to toast Mailer's memory at a recent ceremony in London.

"We were sure he would have taken the prize in good humor," the judges told the BBC.

Jeanette Winterston's and David Thewlis' pitiable literary portrayals of sex were also nominated for the award and the offending passages from their novels were read aloud by actresses at the prize presentation.

© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Valerie Bertinelli speaks on female empowerment in Fresno Valerie Bertinelli speaks on female empowerment in Fresno
2
Watch: Nasim Pedrad shows off uncanny Aziz Ansari impression in unaired SNL sketch Watch: Nasim Pedrad shows off uncanny Aziz Ansari impression in unaired SNL sketch
3
Kris Jenner worried Khloe and Lamar will reconcile Kris Jenner worried Khloe and Lamar will reconcile
4
America Ferrera reunites with 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' co-stars America Ferrera reunites with 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' co-stars
5
Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger may be headed for divorce Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger may be headed for divorce
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback