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Prix Goncourt

The Prix Goncourt is the most prestigious prize in French language literature, given to the author of "the best imaginary prose work of the year".

Edmond de Goncourt, a successful author, critic, and publisher, bequeathed his entire estate for the foundation and maintenance of the Académie Goncourt. In honour of his brother and collaborator, Jules Alfred Huot de Goncourt, (1830-1870), the Académie has awarded the Prix Goncourt every December since 1903. The jury that determines the winner meets at the Drouant restaurant to make its decision. The award, though nominal, ensures the winner celebrity status and a boost in sales.

A few of the authors who have won the prize are: Marcel Proust, Jean Fayard, Simone de Beauvoir , Georges Duhamel, Alphonse de Chateaubriant, Antonine Maillet.

Some decisions for awarding the prize were controversial, the most famous case being the decision to award the prize 1919 to Marcel Proust; this was met with indignation, since many in the public felt that the prize should have gone to Roland Dorgelès for Les Croix de bois, a novel about the First World War, for the following reasons:

Full list of prize winners.

See also: List of prizes, medals, and awards