George Saunders, professor of English in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most distinguished literary awards, for his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” (Random House/Bloomsbury, 2017).

Saunders’ win was announced by Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey, at a dinner Tuesday evening at London’s Guildhall. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall presented a trophy to Saunders. He was also presented with a £50,000 (about $66,000) check. The event was broadcast live on the BBC News Channel.

Royal Mail is issuing a congratulatory postmark that will be applied to millions of items of stamped mail across Great Britain on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 20, that will say “Congratulations to George Saunders, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize.”

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