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Pulitzer Prize Winners

All Pulitzer Prize Winners List 1918-2020

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded each year to American authors of new books covering American life. The first Pulitzer prize was awarded in 1918. The award was initiated by Jewish journalist Joseph Pulitzer rewarding winners with a gold medal and $10,000 in cash. Pulitzer emigrated to the US in 1864 and became wealthy in the newspaper industry, founding the yellow press in the process.

Pulitzer strongly supported investigative reporting and exposed a bribe by the USA to the Panama Canal Company. This led to an indictment for libeling US President Roosevelt which was later dismissed. Pulitzer bequeathed $2 million to fund a school of journalism at Columbia University and yearly prizes for literature along with journalism, music and drama. ADDucation’s Pulitzer prize winners for literature list shows the Pulitzer winner for each year, the author and title of their book.

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Year Title Author
2020 The 2020 Pulitzer prize winner will be announced in April 2020. Finalists are not announced.
2019 The Overstory. Richard Powers
2018 Less Andrew Sean Greer
2017 The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
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 Pulitizer Prize Winners.
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 Pulitizer Prize Winners.
1976 Humboldt’s Gift. Saul Bellow
1975 The Killer Angels. Michael Shaara
1974 No Pulitizer Prize Winners.
1973 The Optimist’s Daughter. Eudora Welty
1972 Angle of Repose. Wallace Stegner
1971 No Pulitizer Prize Winners.
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 Pulitizer Prize Winners.
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 Pulitizer Prize Winners.
1956 Andersonville. MacKinlay Kantor
1955 A Fable. William Faulkner
1954 No Pulitizer Prize Winners.
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.
1949 Guard of Honor. James Gould Cozzens
1948 Tales of the South Pacific. James A. Michener
1947 All the King’s Men. Robert Penn Warren
1946 (No Award). (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 Pulitizer Prize Winners.
1940 The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck
1939 The Yearling. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1938 The Late George Apley. John Phillips Marquand
1937 Gone With the Wind. Margaret Mitchell
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
1931 Years of Grace. Margaret Ayer Barnes
1930 Laughing Boy. Oliver Lafarge
1929 Scarlet Sister Mary. Julia Peterkin
1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Thornton Wilder
1927 Early Autumn. Louis Bromfield
1926 Arrowsmith. Sinclair Lewis
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 Pulitizer Prize Winners.
1919 The Magnificent Ambersons. Booth Tarkington
1918 His Family. Ernest Poole
1917 No Pulitizer Prize Winners this year.

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