Person Of The Day: Frederick Buechner
Frederick Buechner is one of my favorite authors, which makes him perfect for the person of the day. Not just anyone can follow the Cookie Monster, but I feel that this literary master can hold up to the test!
Buechner was born on July 11, 1926. He entered Princeton University in 1943. During his time at Princeton he spent two years in combat duty during World War II. After the war, he returned and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1947. In 1948, he became a teacher at Lawrenceville School.
Two years later he published his first novel A Long Day's Dying. Buechner quit teaching in 1953 and moved to New York to become a full time writer. He then began attending Union Theological Seminary and received a Bachelor of Divinity in 1958. He was then ordained as a Presbyterian Minister.
Buechner has received several awards including, The National Book Award (1952); The O. Henry Award (1955); and the Critic’s Choice Books Award (1990). Additionally, he has received honorary doctorates from Virginia Theological Seminary (1982); Lehigh University (1987); Cornell College (1989); Yale University (1990); and Wake Forest University (2000). Godric, the first book of Buechner's that I read (thanks to Fr. Brad), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1981.