Professor David Lazar’s Celeste Holm Syndrome: On Character Actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

English and Creative Writing Professor David Lazar’s new essay collection, Celeste Holm Syndrome: On Character Actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age, has been longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay is an award is an annual award which honors a seasoned writer whose collection of essays, published by a U.S. trade publisher in the applicable calendar year, is an expansion on their corpus of work and is not their first collection of essays.

Celeste Holm Syndrome: On Character Actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age looks to our intimate relationships with characters, both well-known and lesser known, from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Veering through considerations of melancholy and wit, sexuality and gender, and the surrealism of comedies of the self in an uncanny world, mixed with his own autobiographical reflections of cinephilia, Lazar creates an alluring hybrid of essay forms as he moves through the movies in his mind.