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Named after Hungarian newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, this award honors books which address the largest themes in life, the raw passion and tragedy of the human condition. Learn more about the man behind the prize, Joseph Pulitzer

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2002 Pulitzer Prize The Winners

Fiction | Nonfiction | PoetryBiography/Autobiography

Pulitzer Prize Winners Letters, Drama & Music 2002

Fiction  Empire Falls by Richard Russo | Hardcover | Paperback | Large Print | Audio Cassette This is excellent and very deserving of the Pulitzer. For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Non-Fiction Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter | Hardcover | Paperback | Microsoft e-book | Adobe e-book For a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Poetry Practical Gods by Carl Dennis | Paperback, a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

Biography John Adams by David McCullough | Hardcover | Paperback | Large Print | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Audiobook  Download McCullough was previously awarded the Pulitzer in 1993 for his work Truman the Biography of President Harry S. Truman | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Audiobook Download  

Drama Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks | Paperback

History The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Microsoft e-book | Adobe e-book

Music  For distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500). Ice Field by Henry Brant

A special Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Dr. Seuss in 1984.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo | Hardcover | Paperback | Large Print | Audio Cassette

2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Novel by Michael Chabon | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette

2000 Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette

1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham

1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audiobook

Philip Roth: 2001 PEN/ Faulkner Awards for Fiction for The Human Stain | HardcoverPaperback | Audio CassetteAudio Book Download This was Roth's second Pen Faulkner Award. He won in 1994 for Operation Shylock | Paperback | Audio Download Goodbye, Columbus  won the National Book Award in 1960 | VHS | Hardcover | Paperback | Audiobook Download National Book Award winner 1995 for Sabbath's Theater PaperbackAudio Book Download He is only the second author to win the prestigious PEN/Faulkner award twice.  In 1984, John Edgar Wideman took home the award for Sent for You Yesterday | Hardcover Wideman was honored again in 1991 for Philadelphia Fire | Hardcover

1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by  Stephen Millhauser

1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford, this title also won the PEN/Faulkner Award 1996. Wonderful literature | HardcoverPaperbackAvailable on tape or CD

1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields | Paperback | Library Binding

1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Audiobook

1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley | DVD | VHS | Paperback | Hardcover | Audio Cassette

1991 Rabbit at Rest by John Updike | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette see also 1982

1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love  Oscar Hijuelos

1989 Anne Tyler for Breathing Lessons | Hardcover | Paperback | Large Print | Audio Cassette

1988 Beloved  Toni Morrison | DVD | VHS | Hardcover | Paperback

1987 A Summons to Memphis Peter Taylor

1986 Lonesome Dove  Larry McMurtry

1985 Foreign Affairs Alison Lurie

1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy | Paperback

1983 The Color Purple, Alice Walker | DVD | VHS | Hardcover | Paperback

1982 Rabbit is Rich by John Updike | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette see also 1991

1981 A Confederacy of Dunces  John Kennedy O’Toole

1980 The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette 

1979 The Stories of John Cheever  John Cheever

1978 Elbow Room  James Alan McPherson

1977 No Award

1976 Humboldt’s Gift  Saul Bellow

1975 The Killer Angels  Michael Shaara

1974 No Award

1973 The Optimist’s Daughter  Eudora Welty

1972 Angle of Repose  Wallace Stegner

1971 No Award

1970 Collected Stories  Jean Stafford

1969 House Made of Dawn  N. Scott Momaday

1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner  William Styron

1967 The Fixer  Bernard Malamud Paperback

1966 The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter

1965 The Keepers of the House  Shirley Ann Grau

1964 No Award

1963 The Reivers   William Faulkner, two time winner of both the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize for Literature and, also, chosen as a  Nobel Laureate.  He has had the honor of an award, The PEN/Faulkner, being named for him.

1962 The Edge of Sadness  Edwin O’Connor

1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee | DVD | VHS | Hardcover | Paperback | e-Book Adobe | Audiobook Download | Barron's Book Note

1960 Advise and Consent  Allen Drury

1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters  Robert Lewis Taylor

1958 A Death in the Family  James Agee

1957 No Award

1956 Andersonville  MacKinlay Kantor

1955 A Fable   William Faulkner, two time winner of both the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize for Literature and, also, chosen as a  Nobel Laureate.  He has had the honor of an award, The PEN/Faulkner, being named for him.

1954 No Award

1953 The Old Man and the Sea  Ernest Hemingway

1952 The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk | DVD | VHS | Paperback

1951 The Town  Conrad Richter

1950 The Way West  A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

1949 Guard of Honor  James Gould Cozzens

1948 Tales of the South Pacific  James A. Michener

Before 1948 The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was referred to as Novel

1947 All the King’s Men  Robert Penn Warren

1946 No Award

1945 A Bell for Adano  John Hersey

1944 Journey in the Dark  Martin Flavin

1943 Dragon’s Teeth  Upton Sinclair

1942 In This Our Life  Ellen Glasgow

1941 No Award

1940 Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck | VHS | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audiobook Download | John Steinbeck Centennial Collection Boxed Set

1939 The Yearling  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

1938 The Late George Apley  John Phillips Marquand

1937 Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, Best Picture 1939 | DVD | VHS | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette

1936 Honey in the Horn  Harold L. Davis

1935 Now in November  Josephine Winslow Johnson

1934 Lamb in His Bosom  Caroline Miller

1933 The Store  T. S. Stribling

1932 The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck | VHS | Paperback | Audio Cassette

1931 Years of Grace  Margaret Ayer Barnes

1930 Laughing Boy  Oliver La Farge

1929 Scarlet Sister Mary  Julia Peterkin

1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey  Thornton Wilder

1927 Early Autumn  Louis Bromfield

1926 Arrowsmith Sinclair Lewis Paperback

1925 So Big  Edna Ferber

1924 The Able McLaughlins  Margaret Wilson

1923 One of Ours  Willa Cather

1922 Alice Adams  Booth Tarkington

1921 The Age of Innocence  Edith Wharton

1920 No Award

1919 The Magnificent Ambersons  Booth Tarkington

1918 His Family  Ernest Poole

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