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The Pulitzer Prizes were established in 1917 with an endowment from Joseph Pulitzer, an American newspaper publisher, to Columbia University to recognize significant achievements in journalism, letters, drama, and music. Prizes in letters are awarded in the categories of fiction, general nonfiction, history, poetry, and biography/autobiography, and include a $5,000 cash award.

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feather Fiction

2017  The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead (announced April, 2017)
2016  The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
2015  All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
2014  The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
2013  The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson
2012     no award
2011  A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
2010  Tinkers - Paul Harding

2009  Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
2008  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
2007  The Road - Cormac McCarthy
2006  March - Geraldine Brooks
2005  Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
2004  The Known World - Edward P. Jones
2003  Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
2002  Empire Falls - Richard Russo
2001  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
2000  Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri

1999  The Hours - Michael Cunningham
1998  American Pastoral - Philip Roth
1997  Martin Dressler - Steven Millhauser
1996  Independence Day - Richard Ford
1995  The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
1994  The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
1993  A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain - Robert Olen Butler
1992  A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley
1991  Rabbit at Rest - John Updike
1990  The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love - Oscar Hijuelos

1989  Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler
1988  Beloved - Toni Morrison
1987  A Summons to Memphis - Peter Taylor
1986  Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
1985  Foreign Affairs - Alison Lurie
1984  Ironweed - William Kennedy
1983  The Color Purple - Alice Walker
1982  Rabbit Is Rich - John Updike
1981  A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
1980  The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer

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
1966  Collected Stories - Katherine Anne Porter
1965  The Keepers of the House - Shirley Ann Grau
1964    no award
1963  The Reivers - William Faulkner
1962  The Edge of Sadness - Edwin O'Connor
1961  To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
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
1954     no award
1953  The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
1952  The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk
1951  The Town - Conrad Richter
1950  The Way West - A.B. Guthrie, Jr.

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Nonfiction


2017  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
2016  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS - John Warrick
2015  The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Kolbert
2014  Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation - Dan Fagin
2013  Devil in the Grove (P.S.) - Gilbert King
2012  The Swerve: How the World Became Modern - Stephen Greenblatt
2011  The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer - Siddhartha Mukherjee
2010  The Dead Hand - David E. Hoffman

2009  Slavery by Another Name - Douglas A. Blackmon
2008  The Years of Extermination - Saul Friedlander
2007  The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - Lawrence Wright
2006  Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya - Caroline Elkins
2005  Ghost Wars - Steve Coll
2004  Gulag: A History - Anne Applebaum
2003  A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide - Samantha Power
2002  Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution - Diane McWhorter
2001  Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan - Herbert P. Bix
2000  Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II - John W. Dower

1999  Annals of the Former World - John McPhee
1998  Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
1997  Ashes to Ashes - Richard Kluger
1996  The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts after Communism - Tina Rosenberg
1995  The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner
1994  Lenin's Tomb - David Remnick
1993  Lincoln at Gettysburg - Garry Wills
1992  The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power - Daniel Yergin
1991  The Ants - Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson
1990  And Their Children after Them - Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson

1989  A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam - Neil Sheehan
1988  The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes
1987  Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land - David K. Shipler
1986  Common Ground - J. Anthony Lukas
1985  The Good War - Studs Terkel
1984  The Social Transformation of American Medicine - Paul Starr
1983  Is There No Place on Earth for Me? - Susan Sheehan
1982  The Soul of a New Machine - Tracy Kidder
1981  Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture - Carl E. Schorske
1980  Godel, Escher, Baeh: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas R. Hofstadter

1979  On Human Nature - Edward O. Wilson
1978  The Dragons of Eden - Carl Sagan
1977  Beautiful Swimmers - William W. Warner
1976  Why Survive? Being Old in America - Robert N. Butler
1975  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
1974  The Denial of Death - Ernest Becker
1973  Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam - Frances Fitzgerald
1972  Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 - Barbara W. Tuchm
1971  The Rising Sun - John Toland
1970  Gandhi's Truth - Erik H. Erikson

1969  The Armies of the Night - Norman Mailer
1968  Rousseau and Revolution, The Tenth and Concluding Volume of the Story of Civilization - Will and Ariel Durant
1967  The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture - David Brion Davis
1966  Wandering through Winter - Edwin Way Teale
1965  O Strange New World - Howard Mumford Jones
1964  Anti-Intellectualism in American Life - Richard Hofstadter
1963  The Guns of August - Barbara W. Tuchman
1962  The Making of the President, 1960 - Theodore H. White

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feather Biography

 

2017  The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between - Hisham Matar

2016  Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life - William Finnegan

2015  The Pope and Mussolini - David I. Kertzer

2014  Margaret Fuller: A New American Life - Megan Marshall

2013  The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

2012  George F. Kennan: An American Life - John Lewis Gaddis

2011  Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow
2010  The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt - T.J. Stiles

 

2009  American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House - Jon Meacham
2008  Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father - John Matteson
2007  The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher - Debby Applegate
2006  American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer - Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
2005  de Kooning: An American Master - Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
2004  Khrushchev: The Man and His Era - William Taubman
2003  Master of the Senate - Robert A. Caro
2002  John Adams - David McCullough
2001  W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 - David Levering Lewis
2000  Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) - Stacy Schiff

1999   Lindbergh - A. Scott Berg
1998  Personal History - Katharine Graham
1997  Angela's Ashes : A Memoir - Frank McCourt
1996  God: A Biography - Jack Miles
1995  Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life - Joan D. Hedrick
1994  W.E.B. DuBois - David L. Lewis
1993  Truman - David McCullough
1992  Fortunate Son - Lewis B. Puller, Jr.
1991  Jackson Pollock - Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
1990  Machiavelli in Hell - Sebastian de Grazia

1989  Oscar Wilde - Richard Ellmann
1988  Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe - David Herbert Donald
1987  Bearing the Cross - David J. Garrow
1986  Louise Bogan: A Portrait - Elizabeth Frank
1985  The Life and Times of Cotton Mather - Kenneth Silverman
1984  Booker T. Washington - Louis R. Harlan
1983  Growing Up - Russell Baker
1982  Grant: A Biography - William McFeely
1981  Peter the Great: His Life and World - Robert K. Massie
1980  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Edmund Morris

1979  Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews - Leonard Baker
1978  Samuel Johnson - Walter Jackson Bate
1977  A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence - John E. Mack
1976  Edith Wharton: A Biography - R.W.B. Lewis
1975  The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Robert Caro
1974  O'Neill, Son and Artist - Louis Sheaffer
1973  Luce and His Empire - W.A. Swanberg
1972  Eleanor and Franklin - Joseph P. Lash
1971  Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1915 -1938 - Lawrence Thompson
1970  Huey Long - T. Harry Williams

1969  The Man from New York: John Quinn and His Friends - Benjamin Lawrence Reid
1968  Memoirs - George E. Kennan
1967  Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Justin Kaplan
1966  A Thousand Days - Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
1965  Henry Adams - Ernest Samuels
1964  John Keats - Walter Jackson Bate
1963  Henry James - Leon Edel
1962      no award
1961  Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War - David Donald
1960  John Paul Jones - Samuel Eliot Morison

1959  Woodrow Wilson, American Prophet - Arthur Walworth
1958  George Washington, Volumes I-VI, - Douglas Southall Freeman, and Volume VII - John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells Ashworth
1957  Profiles in Courage - John F. Kennedy
1956  Benjamin Henry Latrobe - Talbot Faulkner Hamlin
1955  The Taft Story - William S. White
1954  The Spirit of St. Louis - Charles A. Lindbergh
1953  Edmund Pendleton 1721-1803 - David J. Mays
1952  Charles Evans Hughes - Merlo J. Pusey
1951  John C. Calhoun: American Portrait - Margaret Louise Coit
1950  John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy - Samuel Flagg Bemis

 

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feather History

 

2017  Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy - Heather Ann Thompson

2016  Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America - T.J. Stiles

2015  Encounters at the Heart of the World - Elizabeth A. Fenn

2014  The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 - Alan Taylor

2013  Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam - Fredrik Logevall

2012  Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention - Manning Marable

2011  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery - Eric Foner
2010  Lords of Finance: The Banker Who Broke the World - Liaquat Ahamed

 

2009  The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family - Annette Gordon-Reed
2008  What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 - Daniel Walker
2007  The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation - Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
2006  Polio: An American Story - David M. Oshinsky
2005  Washington's Crossing - David Hackett Fischer
2004  A Nation Under Our Feet - Steven Hahn
2003  An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 - Rick Atkinson
2002  The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Louis Menand
2001  Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation - Joseph J. Ellis
2000  Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 - David M. Kennedy

1999  Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 - Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
1998  Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion - Edward J. Larson
1997  Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution - Jack N. Rakove
1996  William Cooper's Town - Alan Taylor
1995  No Ordinary Time - Doris Kearns Goodwin
1994      no award
1993  The Radicalism of the American Revolution - Gordon S. Wood
1992  The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties - Mark E. Neely, Jr.
1991  A Midwife's Tale - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
1990  In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines - Stanley Karnow

1989  Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era - James M. McPherson
1988  The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846-1976 - Robert Bruce
1987  Voyagers to the West - Bernard Bailyn
1986  The Heavens and the Earth - Walter A. McDougall
1985  Prophets of Regulation- Thomas K. McCraw
1984      no award
1983  The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 - Rhys L. Isaac
1982  Mary Chesnut's Civil War, edited - C. Vann Woodward
1981  American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 - Lawrence A. Cremin
1980  Been in the Storm So Long - Leon F. Litwack

1979  The Dred Scott Case - Don E. Fehrenbacher
1978  The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business - Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
1977  The Impending Crisis, 1841-1867 - David M. Potter (finished by Don E. Fehrenbacher)
1976  Lamy of Santa Fe - Paul Horgan
1975  Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V - Dumas Malone
1974  The Americans: The Democratic Experience - Daniel J. Boorstin
1973  People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization - Michael Kammen
1972  Neither Black Nor White - Carl N. Degler
1971  Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom - James MacGregor Burns
1970  Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department - Dean Acheson

1969  Origins of the Fifth Amendment - Leonard W. Levy
1968  The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution - Bernard Bailyn
1967  Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West - William H. Goetzmann
1966  The Life of the Mind in America - Perry Miller
1965  The Greenback Era - Irwin Unger
1964  Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town - Sumner Chilton Powell
1963  Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 - Constance McLaughlin Green
1962  The Triumphant Empire: Thunderclouds Gather in the West, 1763-1766 - Lawrence H. Gipson
1961  Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference - Herbert Feis
1960  In the Days of McKinley - Margaret Leech

1959  The Republican Era: l869-1901 - Leonard D. White, with Jean Schneider
1958  Banks and Politics in America - Bray Hammond
1957  Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920 - George F. Kennan
1956  The Age of Reform - Richard Hofstadter
1955  Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History - Paul Horgan
1954  A Stillness at Appomattox - Bruce Catton
1953  The Era of Good Feelings - George Dangerfield
1952  The Uprooted - Oscar Handlin
1951  The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 - R. Carlyle Buley
1950  Art and Life in America - Oliver W. Larkin

 



2017  Olio - Tyehimba Jess
2016  Ozone Journal - Peter Balakian
2015  Digest - Gregory Pardlo
2014  3 Sections: Poems - Vijay Seshadri
2013  Stag's Leap - Sharon Olds
2012  Life on Mars - Tracy K. Smith
2011  The Best of It: New and Selected Poems - Kay Ryan
2010  Versed - Rae Armantrout

2009  The Shadow of Sirius - W.S. Merwin
2008  Time and Materials - Robert Hass
2007  Native Guard - Natasha Trethewey
2006  Late Wife - Claudia Emerson
2005  Delights & Shadows - Ted Kooser
2004  Walking to Martha's Vineyard - Franz Wright
2003  Moy Sand and Gravel - Paul Muldoon
2002  Practical Gods - Carl Dennis
2001  Different Hours - Stephen Dunn
2000  Repair - C.K. Williams

1999  Blizzard of One - Mark Strand
1998  Black Zodiac - Charles Wright
1997  Alive Together: New and Selected Poems - Lisel Mueller
1996  The Dream of the Unified Field - Jorie Graham
1995  The Simple Truth - Philip Levine
1994  Neon Vernacular - Yusef Komunyakaa
1993  The Wild Iris - Louise Gluck
1992  Selected Poems - James Tate
1991  Near Changes - Mona Van Duyn
1990  The World Doesn't End - Charles Simic

1989  New and Collected Poems - Richard Wilbur
1988  Partial Accounts - William Meredith
1987  Thomas and Beulah - Rita Dove
1986  The Flying Change - Henry Taylor
1985  Yin - Carolyn Kizer
1984  American Primitive - Mary Oliver
1983  Selected Poems - Galway Kinnell
1982  The Collected Poems - Sylvia Plath
1981  The Morning of the Poem - James Schuyler
1980  Selected Poems - Donald Justice

1979  Now and Then - Robert Penn Warren
1978  Collected Poems - Howard Nemerov
1977  Divine Comedies - James Merrill
1976  Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror - John Ashbery
1975  Turtle Island - Gary Snyder
1974  The Dolphin - Robert Lowell
1973  Up Country - Maxine Kumin
1972  Collected Poems - James Wright
1971  The Carrier of Ladders - William S. Merwin
1970  Untitled Subjects - Richard Howard

1969  Of Being Numerous - George Oppen
1968  The Hard Hours - Anthony Hecht
1967  Live or Die - Anne Sexton
1966  Selected Poems - Richard Eberhart
1965  77 Dream Songs - John Berryman
1964  At the End of the Open Road - Louis Simpson
1963  Pictures from Breughel - William Carlos Williams
1962  Poems - Alan Dugan
1961  Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades - Phyllis McGinley
1960  Heart's Needle - W.D. Snodgrass

1959  Selected Poems 1928-1958 - Stanley Kunitz
1958  Promises: Poems 1954-1956 - Robert Penn Warren
1957  Things of This World - Richard Wilbur
1956  Poems--North & South - Elizabeth Bishop
1955  Collected Poems - Wallace Stevens
1954  The Waking - Theodore Roethke
1953  Collected Poems 1917-1952 - Archibald MacLeish
1952  Collected Poems - Marianne Moore
1951  Complete Poems - Carl Sandburg
1950  Annie Allen - Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 


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