November 19, 1993 |
Gore Vidal didn't show up to accept his National Book Award, but that didn't dull the enthusiasm of the more than 500 people who gathered for one of the premier events in American literature. They applauded wildly Wednesday evening when E. Annie Proulx of Vershire, Vt., won the fiction award for her second novel, "The Shipping News." They clapped hard, too, when A.R. Ammons, who had won before, took the honors in poetry for a collection titled "Garbage."