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Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction

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Portrait Of Joseph Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prizes are yearly awards for achievements in in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. The awards are administered by Columbia University from money bequeathed by the Hungarian-American publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer Prizes are given out yearly in 21 categories. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction started in 1918 as the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, changing its name to Fiction in 1947. Winners receive a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award.

There are years the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has not been award. Some of these years have some controversy surrounding them. Check out the winners (and controversies) below!

2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
2013 The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Random House)
2012 No award
2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A.. Knopf)
2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)
2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar)
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad/ HarperCollins)
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar)
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Alfred A. Knopf)
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (Random House)
2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin)
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)
1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (Crown)
1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford (Alfred A. Knopf)
1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (Viking)
1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Charles Scribner’s Sons)
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (Henry Holt)
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Alfred A. Knopf)
1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike (Alfred A. Knopf)
1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (Farrar)
1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Alfred A. Knopf)
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)
1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (Alfred A. Knopf)
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster)
1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (Random House)
1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking)
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Harcourt Brace)
1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (Knopf)
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole (a posthumous publication) (Louisiana State U. Press)
1980 The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer (Little)
1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (Knopf)
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
1977 (No Award)* The fiction jury had recommended the 1977 award to Norman MacLean’s A River Runs Through It, but the Pulitzer board, which has sole discretion for awarding the prize, made no award. That same year, however, Alex Haley’s iconic family saga Roots was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize. Source: McDowell, Edwin. “Publishing: Pulitzer Controversies”. The New York Times, 11 May 1984: C26.
1976 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow (Viking)
1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (McKay)
1974 (No Award)* The fiction jury had unanimously recommended the 1974 award to Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, but the Pulitzer board, which has sole discretion for awarding the prize, made no award. Source: McDowell, Edwin. “Publishing: Pulitzer Controversies”. The New York Times, 11 May 1984: C26.
1973 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (Random)
1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (Doubleday)
1971 (No Award)
1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford (Farrar)
1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (Harper)
1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (Random)
1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud (Farrar)
1966 Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter (Harcourt)
1965 The Keepers Of The House by Shirley Ann Grau (Random)
1964 (No Award)
1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner (Random)
1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor (Little)
1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Lippincott)
1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (Doubleday)
1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor (Doubleday)
1958 A Death In The Family by the late James Agee (a posthumous publication) (McDowell, Obolensky)
1957 (No Award)* The fiction jury had recommended the 1957 award to Elizabeth Spencer’s The Voice at the Back Door, but the Pulitzer board, which has sole discretion for awarding the prize, made no award. Source: McDowell, Edwin. “Publishing: Pulitzer Controversies”. The New York Times, 11 May 1984: C26.
1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor (World)
1955 A Fable by William Faulkner (Random)
1954 (No Award)
1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner)
1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (Doubleday)
1951 The Town by Conrad Richter (Knopf)
1950 The Way West by A. B. Guthrie (Sloane)
1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens (Harcourt)
1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (Macmillan)
1947 All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (Harcourt)
1946 (No Award)
1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (Knopf)
1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin (Harper)
1943 Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair (Viking)
1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow (Harcourt)
1941 (No Award) * The fiction jury had recommended the 1941 award go to Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. Although the Pulitzer Board initially agreed with that judgment, the president of Columbia University, Nicholas Murray Butler, persuaded the board to reverse its judgment because he deemed the novel offensive, and no award was given that year. Source: McDowell, Edwin. “Publishing: Pulitzer Controversies”. The New York Times, 11 May 1984: C26.
1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Viking)
1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Scribner)
1938 The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand (Little)
1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Macmillan)
1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis (Harper)
1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller (Harper)
1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling (Doubleday)
1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (John Day)
1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes (Houghton)
1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge (Houghton)
1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin (Bobbs)
1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (Boni)
1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield (Stokes)
1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (Harcourt)
1925 So Big by Edna Ferber (Doubleday)
1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson (Harper)
1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather (Knopf)
1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)
1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Appleton)
1920 (No Award)
1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)
1918 His Family by Ernest Poole (Macmillan)
1917 (No Award)

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