February 22, 2009


last year one of the items on my 101 things in 1001 days list was to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners, a goal which I have not abandoned, although I abandoned the project. It astounds me, the number of these I have neither read nor heard of.

1948 James A. Michener: Tales of the South Pacific
1949 James Gould Cozzens: Guard of Honor
1950 A.B. Guthrie, Jr.: The Way West
1951 Conrad Richter: The Town
1952 Herman Wouk: The Caine Mutiny
1955 William Faulkner: A Fable
1956 MacKinlay Kantor: Andersonville
1959 Robert Lewis Taylor: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
1960 Allen Drury: Advise and Consent
1962 Edwin O'Connor: The Edge of Sadness
1963 William Faulkner: The Reivers
1965 Shirley Ann Grau: The Keepers Of The House
1966 Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories
1967 Bernard Malamud: The Fixer
1968 William Styron: The Confessions of Nat Turner
1969 N. Scott Momaday: House Made of Dawn
1970 Jean Stafford: Collected Stories
1976 Saul Bellow: Humboldt's Gift
1978 James Alan McPherson: Elbow Room
1979 John Cheever: The Stories of John Cheever
1981 John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces
1982 John Updike: Rabbit Is Rich
1984 William Kennedy: Ironweed
1985 Alison Lurie: Foreign Affairs
1986 Larry McMurtry: Lonesome Dove
1987 Peter Taylor: A Summons to Memphis
1990 Oscar Hijuelos: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
1991 John Updike: Rabbit At Rest
1993 Robert Olen Butler: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
1996 Richard Ford: Independence Day
1997 Steven Millhauser: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
1998 Philip Roth: American Pastoral
2000 Jhumpa Lahiri: Interpreter of Maladies
2006 Geraldine Brooks: March
2007 Cormac McCarthy: The Road
2008 Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

1953 Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
1958 James Agee: A Death in the Family
1961 Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
1972 Wallace Stegner: Angle of Repose
1973 Eudora Welty: The Optimists Daughter
1975 Michael Shaara: The Killer Angels
1980 Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song
1983 Alice Walker: The Color Purple
1988 Toni Morrison: Beloved
1989 Anne Tyler: Breathing Lessons
1992 Jane Smiley: A Thousand Acres
1994 E. Annie Proulx: The Shipping News
1995 Carol Shields: The Stone Diaries
1999 Michael Cunningham: The Hours
2001 Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2002 Richard Russo: Empire Falls
2003 Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex
2004 Edward P. Jones: The Known World
2005 Marilynne Robinson: Gilead

.. we won't even talk about the finalists, and oh god, let's not get started on the nobel prize.

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