Pulitzer Prize Winners

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize are chosen by an independent board. Notable winners include President John F. Kennedy for Biography, Robert Frost for Poetry, and Margaret Leech for History. Winners receive a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award.

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Journalism
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Fraud

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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Pulitzer Prize Winners
Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

What were Gwendolyn Brooks' siblings' names?

Gwendolyn Brooks' siblings were Raymond (deceased) and Juliet.

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Dr. Seuss
Pulitzer Prize Winners

When did Dr. Seuss win the Pulitzer Prize?

Theodor Geisel, better known to readers as Dr. Suess, won a Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 1984 "for his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents."
he won the pulitzer prize in 1984

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who wrote Personal History and won a Pulitzer Prize?

Katharine Graham won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in Biography or Autobiography for her memoir, Personal History.

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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Pulitzer Prize Winners

When did Edith Wharton win the Pulitzer Prize?

Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence, in 1921.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners
Ernest Hemingway

Which of Ernest Hemingway's novels won the Pulitzer Prize?

Ernest Hemingways' novella, The Old Man and the Sea, won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953.

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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988?

There were winners in many categories including Dave Barry for commentary, Beloved by Toni Morrison and Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry.


http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/1988

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African-American History
Nobel Prize Winners
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who was the first African American to win a Pulitzer prize in literature?

It was Gwendolyn Brooks. she became the first African American to receive Pulitzer prize in literature in 1917 and 2000.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

What are the names of the awards Aryabhatta has won?

pulitzer

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Biography
John F. Kennedy
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who is the only US President to win a Pulitzer Prize?

President John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 in Biography for Profiles in Courage, a book of eight vignettes of US Senators Kennedy believed had shown extraordinary political courage.

Some of the Senators were better known for other accomplishments: John Q. Adams became President; Daniel Webster was also a brilliant lawyer; Lucius Lamar became a US Supreme Court justice; but others, like Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund Ross, George Norris and Robert A. Taft made their greatest mark as Senators.

A quote from the Profiles in Courage:

"In a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, "holds office"; every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve."

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Journalism
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Fraud

What Washington Post reporter wrote a fake news story and won a Pulitzer Prize for it?

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 were 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.

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African-American History
Poetry
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize?

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) became the first African-American to receive a Pulitzer Prize when she won the Poetry category in 1950 with her collection, Annie Allen(Harper).

Brooks was an acclaimed poet and author who published her first poem at age 13. She went on to become Poet Laureate of Illinois (1968) and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1985), both high honors.

Over the course of her life, Brooks wrote 24 published books of poetry, including the celebrated work We Real Cool (1966), and five nonfiction titles.

The Pool Players.

Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We

Left school. We

Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We

Die soon.

To read more of Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry, see Related Links, below.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

What author's first and only novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction?

(Nelle) Harper Lee won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her first (and only) novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

What did Kevin Carter do weeks after he received a Pulitzer Prize and why?

he committed suicide caused by depression

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Hobbies & Collectibles
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who won the PCH prize today?

Nobody

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History of Africa
African-American History
Nobel Prize Winners
Pulitzer Prize Winners

What African American won the first nobel prize?

Ralph J. Bunch

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who were the 1958 Pulitzer Prize winners?

Journalism

  • Public Service: Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, AR
  • Local Reporting; Edition Time: Staff of FargoForum
  • Local Reporting; No Edition Time: George Beveridge of The Evening Star, Washington, DC
  • National Reporting: Clark Mollenhoff of Des Moines Register and Tribune
  • National Reporting: Relman Morin of Associated Press
  • International Reporting: Staff of The New York Times
  • Editorial Writing: Harry S. Ashmore of Arkansas Gazette,Little Rock, AR
  • Editorial Cartooning: Bruce M. Shanks of Buffalo Evening News
  • Photography: William C. Beall of Washington Daily News(DC)

Letters, Drama, and Music

  • Fiction: A Death In The Family by the late James Agee (a posthumous publication)
  • Drama: Look Homeward, Angel by Ketti Frings
  • History: Banks and Politics in America by Bray Hammond
  • Biography or Autobiography: George Washington, Volumes I-VI by Douglas Southall Freeman
  • Poetry: Promises: Poems 1954-1956 by Robert Penn Warren
  • Music: Vanessa by Samuel Barber

Special Awards and Citations, Journalism

  • Walter Lippman, nationally syndicated columnist of The New York Herald Tribune
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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Pulitzer Prize Winners

What Cormac McCarthy novel won a Pulitzer Prize?

Cormac McCarthy won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel, The Road.

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Journalism
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Autobiography

How many Pulitzer Prizes did William Allen White win?

William Allen White won two Pulitzer Prizes: one in 1923 for Editorial Writing for the Emporia Gazette; and one in 1947 for The Autobiography of William Allen White. His wife, Mrs. William Allen White received a Special Citation in 1944 for "...appreciation of Mrs. White's interest and services during the past seven years as a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University."

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Pulitzer Prize Winners
Poetry
Robert Frost

Which US poet won the Pulitzer Prize four times?

Robert Frost won four Pulitzer Prizes for his books of poetry:

1924: New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes

1931: Collected Poems

1937: A Further Range

1943: A Witness Tree

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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who wrote the Pulitzer prize winner novel foreign affairs?

Alison Lurie

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US Constitution
Pulitzer Prize Winners

What is the source of fundamental duties in Indian constitution?

fundemental duties are derived from Russian constitution

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Biography
John F. Kennedy
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who was the first US President to win a Pulitzer Prize?

John F. Kennedy was the first and only US President to win a Pulitzer Prize. He received the award in 1957 for his biography of eight politically courageous Senators in Profiles in Courage.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

What play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1971?

Paul Zindel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for his play The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

Whiat author won a Pulitzer prize for Roots?

(Alex Haley won a "special Pulitzer Award" for the 1977 book, but later settled a lawsuit admitting plagiarism from Harold Courlander's "The African", 1967 )

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