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Monday October 20th
Pulitzer Prize for Letters

1918-2011     The Pulitzer Prize has been awarded by Columbia University since 1917. The awards are given on the recommendations of a board of jurors for Journalism, Letters, Music and Drama. Besides Fiction, which is listed here, the awards for Letters include Nonfiction, Poetry, Biography or Autobiography, and History. 2011: Jennifer Egan - A Letter from the Goon Squad 2010: Paul Harding - Tinkers 2009: Elizabeth Strout - Olive Kitteridge 2008: Junot Diaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 2007: Cormac McCarthy - The Road 2006: Geraldine Brooks - March 2005: Marilynne Robinson - Gilead 2004: Edward P. Jones - The Known World 2003: Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex 2002: Richard Russo - Empire Falls 2001: Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 2000: Jhumpa Lahiri - Interpreter of Maladies 1999: Michael Cunningham - The Hours 1998: Philip Roth - American Pastoral 1997: Steven Millhauser - The Tale of an American Dreamer 1996: Richard Ford - Independence Day 1995: Carol Shields - Stone Diaries 1994: E. Annie Proulx - The Shipping News 1993: Robert Olen Butler - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain 1992: Jane Smiley - Thousand Acres 1991: John Updike - Rabbit at Rest 1990: Oscar Hijuelos - The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love 1989: Anne Tyler - Breathing Lessons 1988: Toni Morrison - Beloved 1987: Peter Taylor - A Summons to Memphis 1986: Larry McMurtry - Lonesome Dove 1985: Alison Lurie - Foreign Affairs 1984: William Kennedy - Ironweed 1983: Alice Walker - The Color Purple 1982: John Updike - Rabbit is Rich 1981: John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces 1980: Norman Mailer - The Executioner’s Song 1979: John Cheever - The Stories of John Cheever 1978: James Alan McPherson - Elbow Room 1977: No award 1976: Saul Bellow - Humboldt’s Gift 1975: Michael Shaara - The Killer Angels 1974: No award 1973: Eudora Welty - The Optimist’s Daughter 1972: Wallace Stegner - The Angle of Repose 1971: No award 1970: Jean Stafford - Collected Stories 1969: N. Scott Momaday - House Made of Dawn 1968: William Styron - The Confessions of Nat Turner 1967: Bernard Malamud - The Fixer 1966: Katherine Anne Porter - Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter 1965: Shirley Anne Grau - The Keepers of the House 1964: No award 1963: William Faulkner - The Reivers 1962: Edwin O’Connor - The Edge of Sadness 1961: Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird 1960: Allen Drury - Advise and Consent 1959: Robert Lewis Taylor - The Travels of Jamie McPheeters 1958: James Agee - A Death in the Family 1957: No award 1956: Mackinlay Kantor - Andersonville 1955: William Faulkner - A Fable 1954: No award 1953: Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea 1952: Herman Wouk - The Caine Mutiny 1951: Conrad Richter - The Town 1950: A.B. Guthrie - The Way West 1949: James Gould Cozzens - Guard of Honor 1948: James A. Michener - Tales of the South Pacific 1947: Robert Penn Warren - All the King’s Men 1946: No award 1945: John Hersey - A Bell for Adano 1944: Martin Flavin - Journey in the Dark 1943: Upton Sinclair - Dragon’s Teeth 1942: Ellen Glasgow - In this Our Life 1941: No award 1940: John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath 1939: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - The Yearling 1938: John Phillips Marquand - The Late George Apley 1937: Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind 1936: Harold Davis - Honey in the Horn 1935: Josephine Winslow Johnson - Now in November 1934: Caroline Miller - Lamb in his Bosom 1933: T. S. Stribling - The Store 1932: Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth 1931: Margaret Ayer Barnes - Years of Grace 1930: Oliver La Farge - Laughing Boy 1929: Julia Peterkin - Scarlet Sister Mary 1928: Thornton Wilder - The Bridge of San Luis Rey 1927: Louis Bromfield - Early Autumn 1926: Sinclair Lewis - Arrowsmith 1925: Edna Ferber - So Big 1924: Margaret Wilson - The Able McLaughlins 1923: Willa Cather - One of Ours 1922: Booth Tarkington - Alice Adams 1921: Edith Wharton - The Age of Innocence 1920: No award 1919: Booth Tarkington - The Magnificent Ambersons 1918: Ernest Poole - His Family