Peter Carey, the executive director of Hunter’s MFA program in creative writing, is already a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world – one of only three writers who have won the Man Booker Prize twice. He now could become the only person to win one of the most prestigious awards in the English-language literary world three times. His latest novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, is one of 13 books nominated for this year’s prize.
Carey, 67, received the Booker in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. His two prizes are matched only by J.M. Coetzee of South Africa and J.G. Farrell, the late Anglo-Irish author.
Parrot and Olivier is a fictionalized account of Alexis de Tocquville’s celebrated travels in the United States in the early 1830s. According to the London Telegraph, Carey’s critically acclaimed novel has been installed as the 3-to-1 favorite by the British bookmaking firm Ladbrokes. The winner of the Booker Prize, who will be named on October 12 in London, will receive 50,000 pounds sterling (about $77,000).