Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2005-1917
The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, literature, music and drama were established by the 1904 will of Joseph Pulitzer, a 19th century journalist. Administered by the Columbia School of Journalism, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded "for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life." Each winner receives a gold medal as well as a cash award of $10,000 (raised in 2003 from $7500). Many Pulitzer Prize Winners go on to receive other literary awards such as the Nobel Prize in Literature. Not to be outdone, the United Kingdom literary elite has their own award, Booker Prizer for Fiction, for citizens of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland.
2005 Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson 2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones 2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo 2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon 2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham 1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth 1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser 1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford 1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields 1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx 1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler 1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley 1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike 1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos 1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler 1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison 1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor 1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie 1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy 1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker 1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike, the latest novel in a memorable sequence 1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole (a posthumous publication) 1980 The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer 1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever 1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson 1977 (No Award) 1976 Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow 1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara 1974 (No Award) 1973 The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty 1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner 1971 (No Award) 1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford 1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday 1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron 1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud 1966 Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter 1965 The Keepers Of The House by Shirley Ann Grau 1964 (No Award) 1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner 1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor 1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury 1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor 1958 A Death In The Family by the late James Agee (a posthumous publication) 1957 (No Award) 1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor 1955 A Fable by William Faulkner 1954 (No Award) 1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk 1951 The Town by Conrad Richter 1950 The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr. 1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens 1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (From 1917-1948, the award was given as the Pulitzer Prizer for Novel) 1947 All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren 1946 (No Award) 1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey 1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin 1943 Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair 1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow 1941 (No Award) 1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 1938 The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand 1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis 1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson 1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller 1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling 1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes 1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge 1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin 1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder 1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield 1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis 1925 So Big by Edna Ferber 1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson 1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather 1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington 1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 1920 (No Award) 1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington 1918 His Family by Ernest Poole 1917 (No Award)