Pulitzer Pries: An Introduction

“For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.” A simple directive, but one that has inspired hundreds of writers and has changed the course of literature itself. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which began in 1918 (as a prize for the novel) and continues to this day, is considered one ofContinue reading “Pulitzer Pries: An Introduction”

PULITZER PRIES: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (1919)

“Major Amberson had ‘made a fortune’ in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then”. In the one hundred year history of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, there have been only three writers that have won multiple times. Two are familiar names. William Faulkner for his WWI novel AContinue reading “PULITZER PRIES: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (1919)”

PULITZER PRIES: His Family by Ernest Poole (1918)

“He was thinking of the town he had known.” As many know, the Pulitzer Prize began as a journalism prize, named for the media stalwart Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer, a Hungarian immigrant to the United States, was known for investigative reporting, a political career, and eventually for sensationalist media known as ‘yellow journalism’. He left endowmentsContinue reading “PULITZER PRIES: His Family by Ernest Poole (1918)”