In July 1988, Pynchon—"a novelist noted for his power of language and theme, and for his mastery of history, the sciences, politics, and art"—was awarded a $310,000, five-year fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation. He apparently accepted it. "MacArthur Fellowships have no strings attached. Recipients are free to use the awards as they wish. The MacArthur Foundation imposes no reporting requirements or restrictions on MacArthur Fellows." The Foundation's initial press release said that Pynchon lived in Boston, but that statement was later said to be an error.