The Pulitzer Prize Turns 100

As this famous award celebrates its Centennial year, here is some information about its beginning:

“The Pulitzer Prize was the brainchild of Hungarian-American newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer, who bequeathed several million dollars to Columbia University to administer the award. In 1917, Columbia University trustees ushered in the start of what is now considered one of the most prestigious national honors.

The Pulitzer Prize board receives more than 2,400 submissions annually. From this vast pool, Pulitzer judges select just 14 prize winners in the field of journalism, five total prize winners in letters, and one prize winner each in drama and music. The category winners are honored each spring at Columbia University’s New York City campus.”

The Nebraska Library Commission Book Club Collection has 24 Pulitzer winning titles in the collection, something from almost every decade.  Here they are below listed by their award year. Perhaps it’s time for your group to select one of these titles to celebrate this important literary anniversary? Click on the title below to initiate a request.

1921 Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 24 copies
1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather, 9 copies
1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 4 copies, (also 1 Large-Print copy)
1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 18 copies
1947 All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, 20 copies
1949 Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, 17 copies
1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, 17 copies
1961 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 23 copies, (also 1 Video (DVD) copy)
1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 21 copies
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 14 copies
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison, 15 copies
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, 9 copies
1994 The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, 7 copies
1997 Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, 13 copies, (also 2 Large-Print copies)
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham, 19 copies
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo, 13 copies, (also 1 Audio Cassette copy)
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones, 8 copies
2005 Gilead by Maryilynne Robinson, 17 copies
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks, 9 copies, (also 1 Audio CD copy)
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy, 18 copies
2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, 6 copies
2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding, 3 copies
2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 4 copies
2015 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 15 copies
2015 The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, 1 copy

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