The Pulitzer Prizes
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Your Shopping Basket
Signed Copies
Account Services

The Pulitzer Prizes

Pulizer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes were set up by Columbia University in 1917 to reward excellence in journalism and the arts, initially funded by $2m left in the will of publisher Joseph Pulitzer specifically for such a purpose.

There are twenty-one prizes awarded each April. Six of them are directly relevant to the book world: those for Fiction (originally Novel), Drama, Poetry, Biography & Autobiography, History and General Non-Fiction.

The 2018 Fiction prize, announced on 16th April, was Andrew Sean Greer  for his satire of the American abroad,  Less. The History prize went to Jack E Davis for The Gulf: The Making of an American SeaCaroline Fraser won the Biography prize for Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Poetry prize went to Frank Bidart for his poetry collection Half-Light and  the General Non fiction prize was awarded to James Forman Jr, for Locking Up Our Own, an examination of the historical roots of modern day criminal justice in the US and its consequences on black communites.


Previous Winners


2018 Less by Andrew Sean Greer (not currently published in the UK)

2017 Underground Railroad by Coloson Whitehead

2016 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

2015 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

2013 The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

2012 No award

2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding

2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy

2006 March by Geraldine Brooks

2005 Gilead 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 by Steven Millhauser

1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford

1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

1994 The Shipping News by 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 (currently out of print in the UK)

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

1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

1980 The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer


Selected Fiction Winners before 1990


1976 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner

1961 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

1937 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck

1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton



2018 Half-Light by Frank Bidart

2017 Olio by Tyehimba Jess

2016 Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

2015 Digest by Gregory Pardlo

2014 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri

2013 Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds

2012 Life on Mars by Tracy K Smith

2011 The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan

2010 Versed by Rae Armantrout

2009 The Shadow of Sirius by W S Merwin

2008 Time and Materials by Robert Hass

2008 Failure by Philip Schultz (no UK edition)

2007 Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (no UK edition)

2006 Late Wife by Claudia Emerson

2005 Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser (no UK edition)

2004 Walking to Martha's Vineyard by Franz Wright (no UK edition)

2003 Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul Muldoon

2002 Practical Gods by Carl Dennis (currently out of print in the UK)

2001 Different Hours by Stephen Dunn

2000 Repair by C K Williams (currently out of print in the UK)


Selected Other Poetry:

1997 Alive Together: New and Selected Poems by Lisel Mueller

1982 Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath

1976 Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery

1955 Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens



2018 Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

2017 The Return by Hisham Matar

2016 Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

2015 The Pope and Mussolini by David I Kertzer

2014 Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (currently out of print in the UK)

2013 The Black Count by Tom Reiss

2012 George F Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis

2011 Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

2010 The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T J Stiles

2009 American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

2008 Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson

2007 The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate (No UK edition)

2006 American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird & Martin J Sherwin

2005 De Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan (No UK Edition)

2004 Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman

2003 Master of the Senate by Robert A Caro

2002 John Adams by David McCullough (currently out of print in the UK)

2001 W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis (No UK edition)

2000 Vera by Stacy Schiff (currently out of print in the UK)


Selected Other Biographies and Autobiographies

1997: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

1967: Mr Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan



2018 The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

2017 Blood in The Water by Heather Ann Thompson (not currently published in the UK)

2016 Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T J Stiles

2015 Encounters at the Heart of the World by Elizabeth A Fenn

2014 The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor

2013 Embers of War by Fredrik Logevall

2012 Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

2011 The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

2010 Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

2009 The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed

2008 What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe

2007 The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts & Hank Klibanoff (No UK Edition)

2006 Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky

2005 Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

2004 A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn 2003: An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson

2002 The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand

2001 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J Ellis

2000 Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M Kennedy


Selected Other History

1999 Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G Burrows & Mike Wallace

1995 No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

1973 People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen



2018 Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr. (not currently published in the UK)

2017 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

2016 Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

2015 The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

2014 Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

2013 Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

2012 The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began by Stephen Greenblatt

2011 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

2010 The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman

2009 Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A Blackmon

2008 The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer

2007 The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

2006 Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

2005 Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

2004 Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum

2003 A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power

2002 Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter (No UK Edition)

2001 Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P Bix

2000 Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W Dower


Selected Other General Non-fiction

1998 Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

1985 The Good War: An Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel (currently not in print in the UK)

1980 Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R Hofstadter

1979 Gandhi’s Truth by Erik H Erikson (currently not in print in the UK)

© W&G Foyle Ltd