Literary Awards

Pulitzer Prize Finalist—Godric

National Book Award Finalist—Lion Country

O. Henry Award–“The Tiger”

Irene Glascock Prize for Poetry

Rosenthal Award—The Return of Ansel Gibbs

Christianity and Literature Belles Lettres Prize—Brendan

American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters

Christianity Today’s Critic’s Choice Award—Son of Laughter

MLA’s Conference on Christianity and Literature’s Book of the Year—Son of Laughter

Lifetime Achievement Award—Conference on Christianity and Literature

Honorary Degrees

Yale University, Doctor of Divinity

Cornell College, Doctor of Humane Letters

Virginia Theological Seminary, Doctor of Divinity 

The University of the South, Doctor of Philosophy

King’s College, Doctor of Theology

Lafayette College, Doctor of Humane Letters

Lehigh University, Doctor of Literature

Susquehanna University, Doctor of Divinity

Wake Forest University, Doctor of Humane Letters


“A major talent”–New York Times

“One of our most original storytellers”–USA Today

“One of our finest writers”–Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

“He is one of our great novelists because he is one of our finest religious writers.”–London Free Press

Buechner’s words “have nurtured the lives of untold seekers and followers” through “his capacity to see into the heart of every day.”–The Reverend Samuel Lloyd, Dean of Washington National Cathedral

“Buechner’s theological efforts are … highly literary productions … and the book itself is a thoroughly lyrical piece.”–Theology Today

“In my view, Buechner is doing a distinctively new thing on the literary scene, writing novels that are theologically exciting without becoming propaganda, and doing theology with artistic style and imagination.”–Marjorie Casebier McCoy

“There is a quality of civilized perception here, a sensitive and plastic handling of English prose and an ability to penetrate to the evanescent core of a human situation, all proclaiming major talent.”–New York Times Book Review

“Frederick Buechner is one of our most interesting and least predictable writers. Others might have repeated their success or failures, but he has not. From the sophisticated urban world of that first book, through The Return of Ansel Gibbs with its world of politics and public affairs, to the private, half-haunted pastoral world of The Entrance to Porlock, he has created a series of novels of startlingly different moods and manners, people and places. The one constant has been the masterful use of great stylistic powers to organize and control his highly original and complex vision of life.”–Christopher Isherwood, USA Today

“I have no desire to analyze what makes Buechner’s writing and preaching so extraordinary. Neither do I want to account for Bob Dylan’s raspy mystique, the peculiar beauty of a rainbow trout in a riffle, or a thunderstorm’s magnetic terror. I simply want to enjoy them. They all knock me out of analysis and smack me clear into pleasure and awe.”–Brian D. McLaren, Pastor and author of Everything Must Change

“All on his own, Mr. Buechner has managed to reinvent projects of self-purification and of faith as piquant matter for contemporary fiction, producing in a single decade a quintet of books each of which is individual in concerns and knowledge, and notable for literary finish.”–New York Times Book Review

The Sacred Journey including his writing about Bermuda offer “a rich new vein for Buechner – a kind of detective autobiography” and “[t]he result is a short but fascinating and, in its own terms, beautifully successful experiment.”–Reynolds Price, New York Times

“In our own time, when religion is debased, an electronic game show, an insult to the thirsty soul, Buechner’s novel proves again the power of faith, to lift us up, to hold us straight, to send us on again.”–Washington Post Book Review