Playwright, Screenwriter Tom Stoppard to Get Top U.K. Literary Honor

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Tom Stoppard at the premiere of "Anna Karenina," which he adapted for the big screen.

The co-writer of the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Shakespeare In Love" will receive the 2013 PEN/Pinter award.

LONDON --  Writer Tom Stoppard, whose resume boasts co-writer on Oscar winning screenplay Shakespeare in Love, has been chosen to receive the 2013 PEN/Pinter prize, a literary honor established in 2009 in memory of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.

The prestigious literary award is dished out annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an "unflinching, unswerving" gaze upon the world, and shows a "fierce intellectual determination… to define the real truth of our lives and our societies."

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Stoppard is scheduled to receive his award at an event at the British Library on Oct. 7. He was selected by a judging panel chaired by novelist Gillian Slovo.

Stoppard, a Czech born British playwright who fled the Nazis as a child refugee during the second world war, has penned myriad works spanning the stage, large and small screens and radio.

He has won four Tony awards including one for Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead and he also wrote Parade's End, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall for the BBC and HBO and Joe Wright's Anna Karenina for Working Title.