What news story won the Pulitzer Prize but was completely made up?
Janet Cooke (born July 23,1954) was an American journalist who became infamous when she won a Pulitzer Prize for a fabricated story that she wrote for The Washington Post. In 1980, Cooke joined the "Weeklies" section staff of the Washington Post under editor Vivian Aplin-Brownlee. To secure this post, she said she had a degree from Vassar College, studied at the Sorbonne University, and was the recipient of an award at the Toledo Blade newspaper. In an article entitled Jimmy's World, which appeared in the Post on September 29, 1980, Cooke wrote a gripping profile of the life of an 8-year-old heroin addict. She described the "needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin, brown arms." The story engendered much sympathy among readers, including Marion Barry, then mayor of Washington, D.C. He and other city officials organized an all-out police search for the boy, which was unsuccessful and led to claims that the story was fraudulent. Barry claimed that Jimmy was known to the city and receiving treatment. Despite growing signs of problems, the Post defended the veracity of the story and Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward nominated the story for the Pulitzer Prize. Cooke was named winner of the prize on April 13, 1981. When the editors of the Toledo Blade, where Cooke had previously worked, read her biographical notes, they noticed a number of discrepancies. Further investigation revealed that Cooke's credentials were false. Pressured by the editors of The Washington Post, Cooke confessed her guilt. Two days after the prize had been awarded, Washington Post publisher Donald Graham held a press conference and admitted that the story was fraudulent. The editorial in the next day's paper offered a public apology. Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward said at the time: "I believed it, we published it. Official questions had been raised, but we stood by the story and her. Internal questions had been raised, but none about her other work. The reports were about the story not sounding right, being based on anonymous sources, and primarily about purported lies [about] her personal life -- [told by three reporters], two she had dated and one who felt in close competition with her. I think that the decision to nominate the story for a Pulitzer is of minimal consequence. I also think that it won is of little consequence. It is a brilliant story -- fake and fraud that it is. It would be absurd for me or any other editor to review the authenticity or accuracy of stories that are nominated for prizes." Cooke resigned and returned the prize. She appeared on the Phil Donahue show in January 1982, and said that the high-pressure environment of the Washington Post had corrupted her judgment. She said that her sources had hinted to her about the existence of a boy such as Jimmy, but unable to find him, she eventually created a story about him in order to satisfy her editors. Cooke was the subject of an interview by Mike Sager, appearing in GQ in June 1996. Sager's article was republished in an anthology Scary Monsters and Super Freaks. The movie rights to her story were reportedly purchased for $1.6 million by Columbia TriStar Pictures, to be divided between Cooke (55 percent), Sager and their agents. The film has not yet been produced.
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The New York Times has won the most Pulitzer Prizes by far, at 109, including the five received in 2011. The newspaper with the second best record is The Washington Post, with 57; the Los Angeles Times, with 39; and the Wall Street Journal, with 34. The Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and Mi…ami Herald have also won a respectable number of Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. The Associated Press, which is not a newspaper but a news service, has won 49 Pulitzers since 1917, mostly for photography. [Count includes all Journalism award categories including editorial cartoons, photography and Public Service.] (MORE)
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: Ironweed by William Kennedy Drama: Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet History: (No Award) Biography or Autobiography: Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 by Louis R. Harlan Poetry: American Primitive by Mary Oliver General N…onfiction: The Social Transformation Of American Medicine by Paul Starr Music: Canti del Sole for Tenor and Orchestra by Bernard Rands Special Citations Theodor Seuss Geisel, more widely known as Dr. Seuss, for his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents. Journalism Public Service: Los Angeles Times Local General or Spot News Reporting: Newsday team of reporters of Newsday , Long Island, NY Local Investigative Specialized Reporting: Kenneth Cooper, Joan Fitz Gerald, Jonathan Kaufman, Norman Lockman, Gary Mc Millan, Kirk Scharfenberg and David Wessel of The Boston Globe National Reporting: John Noble Wilford of The New York Times International Reporting: Karen Elliott House of The Wall Street Journal Feature Writing: Peter Mark Rinearson of The Seattle Times Commentary: Vermont Royster of The Wall Street Journal Criticism: Paul Goldberger of The New York Times Editorial Writing: Albert Scardino of Georgia Gazette , Savannah, GA Editorial Cartooning: Paul Conrad of Los Angeles Times Spot News Photography: Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe Feature Photography: Anthony Suau of The Denver Post (MORE)
Janet Cooke , a journalist for The Washington Post, won a 1981 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for " Jimmy's World ," an article about an eight-year-old heroin addict living in urban Washington, DC. Then-Mayor Marion Barry ordered city officials to organize a search to locate the boy, but wer…e unable to find him. Barry, however, claimed the city had rescued "Jimmy" and that he was currently in treatment. Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward believed the report was truthful and nominated Cooke's article for a Pulitzer. After Cooke won, several reporters at the Post raised questions about her anonymous sources and compared apparent lies she'd told about her personal life. After a brief investigation, the newspaper determined the story had been fabricated and issued a public apology for publishing it. Two days later, Cooke returned the Prize and resigned from The Washington Post, citing the high pressure environment as her reason for submitting a fictitious piece. The Pulitzer Prize Board subsequently gave the award for Feature Writing to Teresa Carpenter of The Village Voice , in New York City. To read the article in The Washington Post archives, see Related Links, below. (MORE)
Actually it was not a photo but a series of photos by Don Bartleti of Los Angeles times for his memorable portrayal of how undocumented central american youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.
The following list was compiled by TeacherVision and Fact Monster (see Related Links), and updated with information from Pulitzer.org. One hundred ( 100 )women have won Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music; 119 have won Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism, bringing the total to 219 as of the …2011 awards. LETTERS, DRAMA AND MUSIC (100) Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Poetry (24) 1918 Sara Teasdale for Love Songs 1919 Margaret Widdemer for Old Road to Paradise 1923 Edna St. Vincent Millay for The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver\ 1926 Amy Lowell for What's O'Clock 1927 Leonora Speyer for Fiddler's Farewell 1935 Audrey Wurdemann for Bright Ambush 1938 Marya Zaturenska for Cold Morning Sky 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks for Annie Allen 1952 Marianne Moore for Collected Poems 1956 Elizabeth Bishop for Poems - North & South 1961 Phyllis McGinley for Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades 1967 Anne Sexton for Live or Die 1973 Maxine Winokur Kumin for Up Country 1982 Sylvia Plath for The Collected Poems 1984 Mary Oliver for American Primitive 1985 Carolyn Kizer for Yin 1987 Rita Dove for Thomas and Beulah 1991 Mona Van Duyn for Near Changes 1993 Louise Gluck for The Wild Iris 1996 Jorie Graham for The Dream of the Unified Field 1997 Lisel Mueller for Alive Together: New Selected Poems 2006 Claudia Emerson for Late Wife 2007 Natasha Trethewey for Native Guard 2010 Rae Armantrout for Versed 2011 Kay Ryan for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction (30) 1921 Edith Wharton for The Age of Innocence 1923 Willa Cather for One of Ours 1924 Margaret Wilson for The Able McLaughlins 1925 Edna Ferber for So Big 1929 Julia Peterkin for Scarlet Sister 1931 Margaret Ayer Barnes for Years of Grace 1932 Pearl Buck for The Good Earth 1934 Caroline Miller for Lamb in His Bosom 1935 Josephine Winslow Johnson for Now in November 1937 Margaret Mitchell for Gone with the Wind 1939 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings for The Yearling 1942 Ellen Glasgow for In This Our Life 1961 Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird 1965 Shirley Ann Grau for The Keepers of the House 1966 Katherine Anne Porter for The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter 1970 Jean Stafford for Collected Stories 1973 Eudora Welty for The Optimist's Daughter 1983 Alice Walker for The Color Purple 1985 Alison Lurie for Foreign Affairs 1988 Toni Morrison for Beloved 1989 Anne Tyler for Breathing Lessons 1992 Jane Smiley for A Thousand Acres 1994 E. Annie Proulx for The Shipping News 1995 Carol Shields for The Stone Diaries 2000 Jhumpa Lahiri for Interpreter of Maladies 2005 Marilynne Robinson for Gilead 2006 Geraldine Brooks for March 2009 Elizabeth Strout for Olive Kitteridge 2011 Jennifer Egan for A Visit from the Goon Squad Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Drama (13) 1921 Zona Gale for Miss Lulu Bett 1931 Susan Glaspell for Alison's House 1935 Zoe Akins for The Old Maid 1945 Mary Chase for Harvey 1956 Frances Goodrich (with Albert Hackett) for The Diary of Anne Frank 1958 Ketti Frings for Look Homeward, Angel 1981 Beth Henley for Crimes of the Heart 1983 Marsha Norman for 'Night Mother 1989 Wendy Wasserstein for The Heidi Chronicles 1998 Paula Vogel for How I Learned to Drive 1999 Margaret Edson for Wit 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks for Topdog/Underdog 2009 Lynn Nottage for Ruined Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for General Nonfiction (11) 1963 Barbara W. Tuchman for The Guns of August 1968 Will and Ariel Durant for Rousseau and Revolution 1972 Barbara W. Tuchman for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 1973 Frances FitzGerald for Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam 1974 Annie Dillard for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek 1983 Susan Sheehan for Is There No Place on Earth for Me? 1996 Tina Rosenberg for The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism 2002 Diane McWhorter for Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution 2003 Samantha Power for "A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide 2004 Anne Applebaum for Gulag: A History 2006 Caroline Elkins for Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for History (8) 1942 Margaret Leech for Reveille in Washington 1943 Esther Forbes for Paul Revere and the World He Lived In 1959 Leonard D. White, assisted by Jean Schneider for The Republican Era 1869-1901 1960 Margaret Leech for In the Days of McKinley 1963 Constance McLaughlin Green for Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 1991 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary 1785-1812 1995 Doris Kearns Goodwin for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II 2009 Annette Gordon-Reed for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Biography/Autobiography (10) 1917 Laura E. Richards and Maude Howe Elliott, assisted by Florence Howe Hall for Julia Ward Howe 1941 Ola E. Winslow for Jonathan Edwards 1946 Linnie Marsh Wolfe for Son of the Wilderness 1947 Margaret Clapp for Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow 1951 Margaret Louise Coit for John C. Calhoun: American Portrait 1958 Douglas Southall Freeman (Vols. 1-6) and John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells (Vol. 7) for George Washington 1986 Elizabeth Frank for Louise Bogan: A Portrait 1995 Joan D. Hedrick for Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life 1998 Katharine Graham for Personal History 2000 Stacy Schiff for Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Music (4) 1983 Ellen T. Zwilich for Three Movements for Orchestra 1991 Shulamit Ran for Symphony 1999 Melinda Wagner for Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion 2010 Jennifer Higdon for Violin Concerto JOURNALISM (119) Meritorious Public Service (4) 1918 New York Times; also special award to Minna Kewinson and Henry Beetle Hough 1991 Des Moines Register, reporting by Jane Schorer 2000 Washington Post, reporting by Katherine Boo 2011 Las Vegas Sun, reporting by Alexandra Berzon Editorial (7) 1964 Hazel Brannon Smith (Lexington [Miss.] Advertiser) 1978 Meg Greenfield (Washington Post) 1988 Jane E. Healy (Orlando Sentinel) 1989 Lois Wille (Chicago Tribune) 1992 Maria Henson (Lexington [Ky.] Herald-Leader) 2003 Cornelia Grumman (Chicago Tribune) 2010 Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie (The Dallas Morning News) Correspondence (1) 1937 Anne O'Hare McCormick (New York Times) Editorial Cartooning (2) 1992 Signe Wilkinson (Philadelphia Daily News) 2001 Ann Telnaes (Los Angeles Times Syndicate) News Photography (14) 1954 Mrs. Walter M. Schau 1986 Spot news: Michel duCille and Carol Guzy (Miami Herald); features: Tom Gralish (Philadelphia Inquirer) 1995 Spot news: Carol Guzy (Washington Post); features: Associated Press Staff 1996 Spot news: Charles Porter IV, freelance photographer for Associated Press; features: Stephanie Walsh, freelance photographer for Newhouse News Service 1997 Spot news: Annie Wells (The Press Democrat [Santa Rosa, Calif.]); features: Alexander Zemlianichenko (Associated Press) 1998 Spot news: Martha Rial (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette); features: Clarence Williams (The Los Angeles Times) 2000 Breaking news: photographic staff of Denver Rocky Mountain News; features: Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson, and Lucian Perkins (Washington Post) 2004 Breaking news: David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer (Dallas Morning News); features: Carolyn Cole (Los Angeles Times) 2005 Features: Deanne Fitzmaurice (San Fransisco Chronicle) 2007 Features: Renee C. Byer (Sacramento Bee) 2010 Breaking News: Mary Chind (Des Moines Register) 2011 Breaking News: Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti (The Washington Post) 2011 Features: Barbara Davidson (Los Angeles Times) National Reporting (8) 1971 Lucinda Franks and Thomas Powers (United Press International) 1980 Bette Swenson Orsini and Charles Stafford (St. Petersburg Times) 1990 Ross Anderson, Bill Dietrich, Mary Ann Gwinn, and Eric Nalder (Seattle Times) 1991 Marjie Lundstrom and Rochelle Sharpe (Gannett News Service) 1994 Eileen Welsome (Albuquerque [N.M.] Tribune) 1996 Alix M. Freedman (Wall Street Journal) 2008 Jo Becker and Barton Gellman (The Washington Post) International Reporting (7) 1951 Keyes Beech and Fred Sparks (Chicago Daily News); Homer Bigart and Marguerite Higgins (New York Herald Tribune) 1981 Shirley Christian (Miami Herald) 1984 Karen E. House (Wall Street Journal) 1986 Lewis M. Simons, Pete Carey, and Katherine Ellison (San Jose Mercury News) 1990 Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (New York Times) 1991 Caryle Murphy (Washington Post) 2005 Kim Murphy (Los Angeles Times) Reporting (3) 1955 Mrs. Caro Brown (Alice [Tex.] Daily Echo) 1959 Mary Lou Werner (Washington [D.C.] Evening Star) 1960 Miriam Ottenberg (Washington Evening Star) General Local Reporting (3) 1977 Margo Huston (Milwaukee Journal) 2007 Debbie Cenziper (Miami Herald) 2010 Raquel Rutledge (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) General News Reporting (1) 1986 Edna Buchanan (Miami Herald) Special Local Reporting (4) 1972 Timothy Leland, Gerard N. O'Neill, Stephen A. Kurkjian, and Ann DeSantis (Boston Globe) 1980 Nils J. Bruzelius, Alexander B. Hawes, Jr., Stephen A. Kurkjian, Robert M. Porterfield, and Joan Vennochi (Boston Globe) 1983 Loretta Tofani (Washington Post) 1984 Kenneth Cooper, Joan FitzGerald, Jonathan Kaufman, Norman Lockman, Gary McMillan, Kirk Scharfenberg, and David Wessel (Boston Globe) Investigative Reporting (14) 1985 Lucy Morgan, Jack Reed (St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times) 1988 Dean Baquet, William C. Gaines, and Ann Marie Lipinski (Chicago Tribune) 1991 Joseph T. Hallinan and Susan M. Headden (Indianapolis Star) 1992 Lorraine Adams and Dan Malone (Dallas Morning News) 1995 Stephanie Saul and Brian Donovan (Newsday) 1997 Eric Nalder, Deborah Nelson, and Alex Tizon (Seattle Times) 2000 Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley, and Martha Mendoza (Associated Press) 2002 Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham, and Sarah Cohen (Washington Post) 2006 Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi, and R. Jeffrey Smith (Washington Post) 2010 Barbara Lake and Wendy Ruderman (Philadelphia Daily News) 2010 Sheri Fink (ProPublica) 2011 Paige St. John (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Feature Writing (13) 1980 Madeleine Blais (Miami Herald) 1981 Teresa Carpenter (Village Voice, New York) 1983 Nan Robertson (New York Times) 1985 Alice Steinbach (Baltimore Sun) 1988 Jacqui Banaszynski (St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch) 1991 Sheryl James (St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times) 1994 Isabel Wilkerson (New York Times) 1997 Lisa Pollak (Baltimore Sun) 2003 Sonia Nazario (Los Angeles Times) 2005 Julia Keller (Chicago Tribune) 2007 Andrea Elliott (New York Times) 2009 Lane De Gregory (St. Petersburg Times) 2011 Amy Ellis Nutt (The Star-Ledger) Commentary (11) 1975 Mary McGrory (Washington Star) 1980 Ellen H. Goodman (Boston Globe) 1992 Anna Quindlen (New York Times) 1993 Liz Balmaseda (Miami Herald) 1996 E. R. Shipp (New York Daily News) 1997 Eileen McNamara (Boston Globe) 1999 Maureen Dowd (New York Times) 2001 Dorothy Rabinowitz (Wall Street Journal) 2005 Connie Schultz (Plain Dealer) 2007 Cynthia Tucker (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 2010 Kathleen Park (The Washington Post) Criticism (8) 1970 Ada Louise Huxtable (New York Times) 1974 Emily Genauer (Newsday Syndicate) 1983 Manuela Hoelterhoff (Wall Street Journal) 1995 Margo Jefferson (New York Times) 1998 Michiko Kakutani (New York Times) 2001 Gail Caldwell (Boston Globe) 2006 Robin Givhan (Washington Post) 2010 Sarah Kaufman (The Washington Post) Explanatory Journalism (9) 1989 David Hanners, William Snyder, and Karen Blessen (Dallas Morning News) 1991 Susan C. Faludi (Wall Street Journal) 1996 Laurie Garrett (Newsday [Long Island, N.Y.]) 1997 Michael Vitez, Ron Cortes, and April Saul (Philadelphia Inquirer) 2008 Amy Harmon, (The New York Times) 2009 Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart (Los Angeles Times) 2011 Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Specialized Reporting (3) 1985 Randall Savage and Jackie Crosby (Macon [Ga.] Telegraph and News) 1986 Andrew Schneider and Mary Pat Flaherty (Pittsburgh Press) 1990 Tamar Stieber (Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal) Beat Reporting (7) 1991 Natalie Angier (New York Times) 1992 Deborah Blum (Sacramento Bee) 1998 Linda Greenhouse (New York Times) 2002 Gretchen Morgenson (New York Times) 2003 Diana K. Sugg (Baltimore Sun) 2005 Amy Dockser Marcus (Wall Street Journal) 2006 Dana Priest (Washington Post) (MORE)
Journalism Awards . Public Service: . o Miami Daily News for its campaign for the recall of the Miami City Commission. . Reporting: . o Thomas Lunsford Stokes of Scripps-Howard Newspaper Alliance for his series of articles on alleged intimidation of workers for the Works Progress Administra…tion in Pennsylvania and Kentucky during an election. The articles were published in The New York World-Telegram. . Correspondence: . o Louis P. Lochner of Associated Press for his dispatches from Berlin . Editorial Writing: . o Ronald G. Callvert of The Oregonian, Portland for his distinguished editorial writing during the year as exemplified by the editorial entitled My Country 'Tis of Thee. . Editorial Cartooning: . o Charles G. Werner of Daily Oklahoman for Nomination for 1938. Letters and Drama Awards . Novel: . o The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. . Drama: . o Abe Lincoln in Illinois by Robert E. Sherwood. . History: . o A History of American Magazines by Frank Luther Mott. . Biography or Autobiography: . o Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren. . Poetry: . o Selected Poems by John Gould Fletcher. Source: Wikipedia (MORE)
The first year, the Trustees of Columbia University only awarded four prizes: Reporting : Herbert Bayard Swope, New York World , for an extended series entitled "Inside the German Empire." Editorial Writing : New York Tribune , for an editorial on the first anniversary of the sinking of …the Lusitania. History : With Americans of Past and Present Days by His Excellency J.J. Jusserand Biography : Julia Ward Howe by Laura E. Richards and Maude Howe Elliott assisted by Florence Howe Hall (Houghton) There were no winners in the categories of Public Service, Novels, or Drama. (MORE)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Novels for The Yearling, (Scribner). The Pulitzer Prize Board changed the category name from "Novel" to "Fiction" in 1948.
James Agee won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for A Death In The Family in 1958. Agee began writing the novel in 1948, but it remained unfinished when he died in 1955. Editor David McDowell worked on the manuscript, which was published posthumously in 1957. It has been listed as one of T…ime Magazine's "100 Best English-Language Novels." University of Tennessee English professor, Michael Lofaro, reconstructed and rewrote the novel from Agee's original manuscript and notes and published a second version of A Death in the Family in 2007. The second book differs significantly from the Pulitzer winner. (MORE)
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx Drama: Three Tall Women by Edward Albee History: (No Award) Biography or Autobiography: W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis Poetry: Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems by …Yusef Komunyakaa General Nonfiction: Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days Of The Soviet Empire by David Remnick Music: Of Reminiscences and Reflections by Gunther Schuller Journalism Public Service: Akron Beacon Journal Spot News Reporting: Staff of The New York Times Investigative Reporting: Staff of Providence Journal-Bulletin Explanatory Journalism: Ronald Kotulak of Chicago Tribune Beat Reporting: Eric Freedman and Jim Mitzelfeld of The Detroit News National Reporting: Eileen Welsome of Albuquerque Tribune International Reporting: Dallas Morning News Team of The Dallas Morning News Feature Writing: Isabel Wilkerson of The New York Times Commentary: William Raspberry of The Washington Post Criticism: Lloyd Schwartz of The Boston Phoenix Editorial Writing: R. Bruce Dold of Chicago Tribune Editorial Cartooning: Michael P. Ramirez of Commercial Appeal , Memphis, TN Spot News Photography: Paul Watson of The Toronto Star Feature Photography: Kevin Carter, a free-lance photographer (MORE)
Journalism Public Service: The Washington Post Breaking News Reporting: Staff of Hartford Courant Investigative Reporting: Staff of The Miami Herald Explanatory Reporting: Richard Read of The Oregonian , Portland Beat Reporting: Chuck Philips and Michael A. Hiltzik of Los Angeles Tim…es National Reporting: The New York Times Staff, and notably Jeff Gerth International Reporting: Staff of The Wall Street Journal Feature Writing: Angelo B. Henderson of The Wall Street Journal Commentary: Maureen Dowd of The New York Times Criticism: Blair Kamin of Chicago Tribune Editorial Writing: Editorial Board of Daily News , New York, NY Editorial Cartooning: David Horsey of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer Spot News Photography: Photo Staff of Associated Press Feature Photography: Photo Staff of Associated Press Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Hours by Michael Cunningham Drama: Wit by Margaret Edson History: Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace Biography or Autobiography: Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg Poetry: Blizzard of One by Mark Strand General Nonfiction: Annals of the Former World by John McPhee Music: Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion by Melinda Wagner Special Citations: Duke Ellington (MORE)
The Pulitzer Prize Board changed the "Novel" category to "Fiction" in 1948. The winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction was The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books).
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Drama: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts History: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe Biography or Autobiography: Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Lo…uisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson Poetry: Time and Materials by Robert Hass Poetry: Failure by Philip Schultz (Harcourt) General Nonfiction: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul FriedlÃ¤nder Music: The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang Special Citations Bob Dylan Journalism Public Service: The Washington Post Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post Investigative Reporting: Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker of The New York Times and the staff of Chicago Tribune Explanatory Reporting: Amy Harmon of The New York Times Local Reporting: David Umhoefer of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel National Reporting: Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post International Reporting: Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post Feature Writing: Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post Commentary: Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post Criticism: Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe Editorial Writing: No award Editorial Cartooning: Michael Ramirez of Investor's Business Daily Breaking News Photography: Adrees Latif of Reuters Feature Photography: Preston Gannaway of Concord Monitor (MORE)
Robert Frost , who went on to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry during his lifetime, received a 1931 Pulitzer for his Collected Poems .
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Road by Cormac McCarthy Drama: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire History: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff Biography or Autobiography: The Most Famous Man in …America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate Poetry: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey General Nonfiction: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright Music: Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman Special Citations : John Coltrane and Ray Bradbury Journalism Public Service: The Wall Street Journal Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Oregonian , Portland Investigative Reporting: Brett Blackledge of The Birmingham News Explanatory Reporting: Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling, reporters, and Rick Loomis, photographer, of the Los Angeles Times Local Reporting: Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald National Reporting: Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe International Reporting: Staff of The Wall Street Journal Feature Writing: Andrea Elliott of The New York Times Commentary: Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Criticism: Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly Editorial Writing: Arthur Browne, Beverly Weintraub and Heidi Evans of New York Daily News Editorial Cartooning: Walt Handelsman of Newsday , Long Island, NY Breaking News Photography: Oded Balilty of Associated Press Feature Photography: RenÃ©e C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee (MORE)
As of 2011, four people have each won four lifetime Pulitzer Prizes: Robert Frost, Euguene O'Neill, Robert E. Sherwood, and Carol Guzy. Robert Frost 1924: New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes (poetry) 1931: Collected Poems (poetry) 1937: A Further Range (poetry) 1943: A Witnes…s Tree (poetry) Eugene O'Neill 1920: Beyond the Horizon (drama) 1922: Anna Christie (drama) 1928: Strange Interlude (drama) 1957: Long Day's Journey into Night (drama) Robert E. Sherwood 1936: Idiots Delight (drama) 1939: Abe Lincoln in Illinois (drama) 1941: There Shall Be No Night (drama) 1949: Roosevelt and Hopkins (biography) Carol Guzy 1986: Spot News Photography 1995: Spot News Photography 2000: Feature Photography 2011: Breaking News Photography (MORE)
Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as the children's book author Dr. Seuss, received a Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 1984 for his lifetime contribution to education and children's literature.
(Edna) Annie Proulx wrote the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction, The Shipping News (Charles Scribner's Sons)
William Inge won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play, Picnic , an expansion of a shorter play, Front Porch , he'd written earlier in 1952. The Broadway production of Picnic garnered an Outer Circle Award, the New York Drama Critics' Award, and the Donaldson Award. The 1955 scree…n adaption won two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe. (MORE)
2011 Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris 2010 Next to Normal , music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey 2009 Ruined by Lynn Nottage 2008 August: Osage County by Tracy Letts 2007 Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire 2006 No Award 2005 Doubt , a parable by John Patrick Shanle…y 2004 I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright 2003 Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz 2002 Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks 2001 Proof by David Auburn 2000 Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies 1999 Wit by Margaret Edson 1998 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel 1997 No Award 1996 Rent by the late Jonathan Larson 1995 The Young Man From Atlanta by Horton Foote 1994 Three Tall Women by Edward Albee 1993 Angels in America: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner 1992 The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan 1991 Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon 1990 The Piano Lesson by August Wilson 1989 The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein 1988 Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry 1987 Fences by August Wilson 1986 No Award 1985 Sunday in the Park With George ; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. 1984 Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet 1983 Night, Mother by Marsha Norman 1982 A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller 1981 Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley 1980 Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson 1979 Buried Child by Sam Shepard 1978 The Gin Game by Donald L. Coburn 1977 The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer 1976 A Chorus Line conceived, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Edward Kleban 1975 Seascape by Edward Albee 1974 No Award 1973 That Championship Season by Jason Miller 1972 No Award 1971 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel 1970 No Place To Be Somebody by Charles Gordone 1969 The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler 1968 No Award 1967 A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee 1966 No Award 1965 The Subject Was Roses by Frank D. Gilroy 1964 No Award 1962 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows 1961 All The Way Home by Tad Mosel 1960 Fiorello ! Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. 1959 J. B. by Archibald Macleish 1958 Look Homeward, Angel by Ketti Frings 1957 Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill 1956 Diary of Anne Frank by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich 1955 Cat on A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams 1954 The Teahouse of the August Moon by John Patrick 1953 Picnic by William Inge 1952 The Shrike by Joseph Kramm 1951 No Award 1950 South Pacific by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan 1949 Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 1948 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams 1947 No Award 1946 State of the Union by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay 1945 Harvey by Mary Chase 1944 No Award 1943 The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder 1942 No Award 1941 There Shall Be No Night by Robert E. Sherwood 1940 The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan 1939 Abe Lincoln in Illinois by Robert E. Sherwood 1938 Our Town by Thornton Wilder 1937 You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman 1936 Idiots Delight by Robert E. Sherwood 1935 The Old Maid by Zoe Akins 1934 Men in White by Sidney Kingsley 1933 Both Your Houses by Maxwell Anderson 1932 Of Thee I Sing by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin 1931 Alison's House by Susan Glaspell 1930 The Green Pastures by Marc Connelly 1929 Street Scene by Elmer L. Rice 1928 Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill 1927 In Abraham's Bosom by Paul Green 1926 Craig's Wife by George Kelly 1925 They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard 1924 Hell-Bent Fer Heaven by Hatcher Hughes 1923 Icebound by Owen Davis 1922 Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill 1921 Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale 1920 Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O'Neill 1919 No Award 1918 Why Marry? by Jesse Lynch Williams 1917 No Award (MORE)
Where can you read a copy of Jimmy's World the news story that won a Pulitzer Prize but turned out to be fake?
Janet Cooke's article, "Jimmy's World," is retained in The Washington Post archives, and is available at the Related Link, below.
Oscar Hijuelos won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
The 1935 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to Zoe Akins for her dramatization of Edith Wharton's novel, The Old Maid . Although this was Akins' only Pulitzer win, another of her plays, The Greeks Had a Word For It, was adapted for the silver screen and became the 1953 hit movie How to M…arry a Millionaire, starring Marylin Monroe. (MORE)
Margaret Mitchell won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for her Civil War novel, Gone with the Wind. (The Category was "Novel" until 1948 when the Board renamed it "Fiction.")
2007 Pulitzer Prizes Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Road by Cormac McCarthy Drama: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire History: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff Biography or Autobiography:… The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate Poetry: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey General Nonfiction: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright Music: Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman Special Citations : John Coltrane and Ray Bradbury Journalism Public Service: The Wall Street Journal Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Oregonian , Portland Investigative Reporting: Brett Blackledge of The Birmingham News Explanatory Reporting: Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling, reporters, and Rick Loomis, photographer, of the Los Angeles Times Local Reporting: Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald National Reporting: Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe International Reporting: Staff of The Wall Street Journal Feature Writing: Andrea Elliott of The New York Times Commentary: Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Criticism: Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly Editorial Writing: Arthur Browne, Beverly Weintraub and Heidi Evans of New York Daily News Editorial Cartooning: Walt Handelsman of Newsday , Long Island, NY Breaking News Photography: Oded Balilty of Associated Press Feature Photography: RenÃ©e C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee . 2008 Pulitzer Prizes Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Drama: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts History: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe Biography or Autobiography: Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson Poetry: Time and Materials by Robert Hass Poetry: Failure by Philip Schultz (Harcourt) General Nonfiction: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul FriedlÃ¤nder Music: The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang Special Citations Bob Dylan Journalism Public Service: The Washington Post Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post Investigative Reporting: Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker of The New York Times and the staff of Chicago Tribune . Explanatory Reporting: Amy Harmon of The New York Times Local Reporting: David Umhoefer of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel National Reporting: Jo Becker and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post International Reporting: Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post Feature Writing: Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post Commentary: Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post Criticism: Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe Editorial Writing: No award Editorial Cartooning: Michael Ramirez of Investor's Business Daily Breaking News Photography: Adrees Latif of Reuters Feature Photography: Preston Gannaway of Concord Monitor . (MORE)
James Alan McPherson won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel, Elbow Room.
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor Drama: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows History: The Triumphant Empire: Thunder-Clouds Gather in the West 1763-1766 by Lawrence H. Gipson Biography or Autobiograph…y: (No Award) Poetry: Poems by Alan Dugan General Nonfiction: The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White Music: The Crucible by Robert Ward, based on the play by Arthur Miller. Journalism Public Service: Panama City News-Herald Local Reporting; Edition Time: Robert D. Mulllins of Deseret News , Salt Lake City, UT Local Reporting; No Edition Time: George Bliss of Chicago Tribune National Reporting: Nathan G. Caldwell and Gene S. Graham of Nashville Tennessean International Reporting: Walter Lippmann of New York Herald Tribune Syndicate Editorial Writing: Thomas M. Storke of Santa Barbara News-Press Editorial Cartooning: Edmund S. Valtman of The Hartford Times Photography: Paul Vathis of Associated Press, For the photograph "Serious Steps" (MORE)
Carl Sandburg , who is better known as a poet, won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize in History for Abraham Lincoln: The War Years .
N. Scott Momaday won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his book, House Made of Dawn .
Mississippi Pulitzer Winners and Finalists: 1946: Hodding Carter, Editorial Writing, The Delta Democrat-Times, Greenville, MS 1948: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, drama 1955: William Faulkner, A Fable, Fiction 1955: Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, drama 1961: Dav…id Donald, Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War, (biography) 1963: William Faulkner, The Reivers, Fiction 1973: Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter, Fiction 1981: Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart, drama 1984: Louis R. Harlan, Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 (biography) 1988: David Donald, Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe (biography) 1996: Richard Ford, Independence Day 2002: David Halberstam, War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals, general nonfiction (finalist) 2005: Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, de Kooning: An American Master (biography) 2007: Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, poetry 2008: David Halberstam, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, history (finalist) (MORE)
William Styron won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner.
Pulitzer Prize Winners: Music 2011 Madame White Snake by Zhou Long (Oxford University Press) 2010 Violin Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (Lawdon Press) 2009 Double Sextet by Steve Reich (Boosey & Hawkes) 2008 "The Little Match Girl Passion" by David Lang 2007 Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman … 2006 Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano' by Yehudi Wyner (Associated Music Publishers) 2005 Second Concerto for Orchestra by Steven Stucky (Theodore Presser Company) 2004 Tempest Fantasy by Paul Moravec 2003 On the Transmigration of Souls by John Adams (Boosey & Hawkes) 2002 Ice Field by Henry Brant 2001 Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra by John Corigliano (G. Schirmer) 2000 Life is a Dream, Opera in Three Acts: Act II, Concert Version by Lewis Spratlan 1999 Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion by Melinda Wagner 1998 String Quartet #2 (musica instrumentalis) by Aaron Jay Kernis 1997 Blood on the Fields by Wynton Marsalis 1996 Lilacs, for voice and orchestra by George Walker 1995 Stringmusic by Morton Gould 1994 Of Reminiscences and Reflections by Gunther Schuller 1993 Trombone Concerto by Christopher Rouse 1992 The Face of the Night, The Heart of the Dark by Wayne Peterson 1991 Symphony by Shulamit Ran 1990 "Duplicates": A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Mel Powell 1989 Whispers Out of Time by Roger Reynolds 1988 12 New Etudes for Piano by William Bolcom 1987 The Flight Into Egypt by John Harbison 1986 Wind Quintet IV by George Perle 1985 Symphony, RiverRun by Stephen Albert 1984 "Canti del Sole" for Tenor and Orchestra by Bernard Rands 1983 Symphony No. I (Three Movements for Orchestra) by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich 1982 Concerto for Orchestra by Roger Sessions 1981 (No Award) 1980 In Memory of a Summer Day by David Del Tredici 1979 Aftertones of Infinity by Joseph Schwantner 1978 Deja Vu for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra by Michael Colgrass 1977 Visions of Terror and Wonder by Richard Wernick 1976 Air Music by Ned Rorem 1975 From the Diary of Virginia Woolf by Dominick Argento 1974 Notturno by Donald Martino 1973 String Quartet No. 3 by Elliott Carter 1972 Windows by Jacob Druckman 1971 Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sound (1970) by Mario Davidovsky 1970 Time's Encomium by Charles Wuorinen 1969 String Quartet No. 3 by Karel Husa 1968 Echoes of Time and the River by George Crumb 1967 Quartet No. 3 by Leon Kirchner 1966 Variations for Orchestra by Leslie Bassett 1965 (No Award) 1963 Piano Concerto No. 1 by Samuel Barber 1962 The Crucible by Robert Ward 1961 Symphony No. 7 by Walter Piston 1960 Second String Quartet by Elliott Carter 1959 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by John LaMontaine 1958 Vanessa by Samuel Barber 1957 Meditations on Ecclesiastes by Norman Dello Joio 1956 Symphony No. 3 by Ernst Toch 1955 The Saint of Bleecker Street by Gian-Carlo Menotti 1954 Concerto For Two Pianos and Orchestra by Quincy Porter 1953 (No Award) 1952 Symphony Concertante by Gail Kubik 1951 Music in "Giants in the Earth" by Douglas S. Moore 1950 Music in The Consul by Gian-Carlo Menotti 1949 Music for the film Louisiana Story by Virgil Thomson 1948 Symphony, No. 3 by Walter Piston 1947 Symphony No. 3 by Charles Ives 1946 The Canticle of the Sun by Leo Sowerby 1945 Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland 1944 Symphony No. 4. Opus 34 by Howard Hanson 1943 Secular Cantata No. 2. A Free Song by William Schuman Pulitzer Special Citations: Music 2010 Hank Williams 2008 Bob Dylan 2007 John Coltrane 2006 Thelonious Monk 1999 Duke Ellington 1998 George Gershwin 1985 William Schuman 1982 Milton Babbitt 1976 Scott Joplin 1974 Roger Sessions 1944 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (MORE)
Jennifer Higdon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her "Violin Concerto." The award was given for "distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year (2009)."
E. Annie Proulx won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her novel, The Shipping News. .
John Steinbeck won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, in 1940.
Ellen Glasgow won the 1942 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel, In This Our Life.
Junot Diaz won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Drama: Seascape by Edward Albee History: Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V by Dumas Malone Biography or Autobiography: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro Poetry: Turtle Isla…nd by Gary Snyder General Nonfiction: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard Music: From the Diary of Virginia Woolf by Dominick Argento Journalism Public Service: The Boston Globe: For its massive and balanced coverage of the Boston school desegregation crisis. Local General or Spot News Reporting: Staff of Xenia (OH) Daily Gazette Local Investigative Specialized Reporting: Staff of Indianapolis Star National Reporting: Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele of The Philadelphia Inquirer International Reporting: William Mullen-reporter, and Ovie Carter-photographer of the Chicago Tribune Commentary: Mary McGrory of The Washington Star Criticism: Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Writing: John Daniell Maurice of Charleston (WV) Daily Mail Editorial Cartooning: Garry Trudeau of Universal Press Syndicate Spot News Photography: Gerald H. Gay of The Seattle Times Feature Photography: Matthew Lewis of The Washington Post (MORE)
Letters, Drama, and Music Fiction: Independence Day by Richard Ford Drama: Rent by the late Jonathan Larson History: William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor Biography or Autobiography: God: A Biography by Jack Miles … Poetry: The Dream of the Unified Field by Jorie Graham General Nonfiction: The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg Music: Lilacs, for voice and orchestra by George Walker Journalism Public Service: The News & Observer , Raleigh, NC Spot News Reporting: Robert D. McFadden of The New York Times Investigative Reporting: Staff of The Orange County Register , Santa Ana, CA Explanatory Journalism: Laurie Garrett of Newsday , Long Island, NY Beat Reporting: Bob Keeler of Newsday , Long Island, NY National Reporting: Alix M. Freedman of The Wall Street Journal International Reporting: David Rohde of The Christian Science Monitor Feature Writing: Rick Bragg of The New York Times Commentary: E.R. Shipp of New York Daily News Criticism: Robert Campbell of The Boston Globe Editorial Writing: Robert B. Semple of The New York Times Editorial Cartooning: Jim Morin of The Miami Herald Spot News Photography: Charles Porter IV, a freelancer Feature Photography: Stephanie Welsh, a freelancer (MORE)
Here is a list of famous people who have won the Pulitzer Prize. See if you can recognize at least ten names. Letters, Drama and Music . Edward Albee (playwright) . John Ashbery (poet) . Saul Bellow (author) . Stephen Vincent Benet (poet) . Elizabeth Bishop (poet) . Gwendolyn B…rooks (poet) . Pearl S. Buck (author) . Willa Cather (author) . Ornette Coleman (jazz musician) . Aaron Copland (composer) . Junot Diaz (author) . Rita Dove (poet) . William Faulkner (author) . Robert Frost (poet) . Ernest Hemingway (author) . William Inge (playwright) . Norman Dello Joio (composer) . George S. Kaufman (composer) . John F. Kennedy (author and US President) . Harper Lee (author) . David Levering Lewis (biographer) . Sinclair Lewis (author) . Charles A. Lindbergh (author and aviator) . Norman Mailer (author) . David Mamet (playwright) . Wynton Marsalis (jazz musician and composer) . Frank McCourt (author) . David McCullough (biographer) . Gian-Carlo Menotti (composer) . James A. Michener (author) . Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet) . Arthur Miller (playwright) . Margaret Mitchell (author) . Toni Morrison (author) . Eugene O'Neill (playwright) . Sylvia Plath (poet) . Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (author) . Edwin Arlington Robinson (poet) . Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II (composer, lyricist, Broadway) . Richard Russo (author) . Carl Sagan (scientist) . Carl Sandburg (poet) . William Saroyan (author) . Arthur M. Schlesinger (biographer and historian) . William Schuman (composer) . Anne Sexton (poet) . Susan Sheehan (author) . Robert E. Sherwood (playwright and biographer) . Neil Simon (playwright) . Upton Sinclair (author) . John Steinbeck (author) . William Styron (author) . Booth Tarkington (author) . Studs Terkel (nonfiction author) . John Updike (author) . Alice Walker (author) . Robert Penn Warren (poet) . Eudora Welty (author) . Edith Wharton (author) . Thornton Wilder (author and playwright) . Tennessee Williams (playwright) . William Carlos Williams (poet and doctor) . August Wilson (playwright) . Herman Wouk (author) . Paul Zindel (author and playwright) (MORE)
Janet Cooke , a journalist for The Washington Post, won a 1981 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for " Jimmy's World ," an article about an eight-year-old heroin addict living in urban Washington, DC. Then-Mayor Marion Barry ordered city officials to organize a search to locate the boy, but wer…e unable to find him. Barry, however, claimed the city had rescued "Jimmy" and that he was currently in treatment. Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward believed the report was truthful and nominated Cooke's article for a Pulitzer. After Cooke won, several reporters at the Post raised questions about her anonymous sources and compared apparent lies she'd told about her personal life. After a brief investigation, the newspaper determined the story had been fabricated and issued a public apology for publishing it. Two days later, Cooke returned the Prize and resigned from The Washington Post, citing the high pressure environment as her reason for submitting a fictitious piece. The Pulitzer Prize Board subsequently gave the award for Feature Writing to Teresa Carpenter of The Village Voice , in New York City. The story was later released as a movie, The Hoax , starring Richard Gere. To read the article, see Related Links, below. (MORE)
Journalism . Public Service: The Indianapolis Times : For its work in exposing political corruption to Indiana, prosecuting the guilty and bringing about a more wholesome state of affairs in civil government. . Reporting: (No Award) . Editorial Writing: Grover Cleveland Hall of Montgomery A…dvertiser : For his editorials against gangsterism, floggings and racial and religious intolerance. . Editorial Cartooning: Nelson Harding of Brooklyn Daily Eagle Letters, Drama, and Music . Novel: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder . Drama: Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill . History: Main Currents in American Thought, 2 vols. by Vernon Louis Parrington . Biography or Autobiography: The American Orchestra and Theodore Thomas by Charles Edward Russell . Poetry: Tristram by Edwin Arlington Robinson (MORE)
Allen Drury won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel, Advise and Consent .
The New York Times has won the most Pulitzer Prizes by far, at 109, including the five received in 2011. The newspaper with the second best record is The Washington Post, with 57 awards.
Ned Rorem won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Air Music ("Ten Etudes of Orchestra"), which was first performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in December 1975.
John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, won a Pulitzer Prize for best Novel in 1940.
There were no female Pulitzer Prize winners in 1936. Margaret Mitchell won a Prize in 1937 for her novel, Gone with the Wind.
Rae Armantrout won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Versed . According to the Pulitzer Prize Board, Versed is "a book striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading."
The New York Times has won the most Pulitzer Prizes by far, at 109. They received five awards in 2011.
The Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1955 was for the Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens.