Thom Gunn was richly honored for his work during his lifetime. He won the Levinson Prize in 1955, the Somerset Maugham Award in 1959, the Arts Council of Great Britain Award in 1959, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award in 1964, and a Rockefeller Foundation award in 1966. He won a Gold Medal in poetry from the Commonwealth Club of California in 1976 for Jack Straw’s Castle. The Passages of Joy earned the W. H. Smith Award (1980), two Northern California Book Awards in poetry (1982, 1992), and the PEN/Los Angeles Prize for poetry (1983). In 1988, he won the Robert Kirsch Award for body of work from the Los Angeles Times as well as the Sara Teasdale prize. He was honored with the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award in 1990. The Man with Night Sweats earned him the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, both in 1993. He received a Lambda Literary Award in 1994 and the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998. He held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993. In 2001, he received the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry for Boss Cupid.