Pulitzer books

I’ve heard of people (not too many, though) who have purchased every Pulizter-winning book with the intent of reading them all. I’m intrigued by this, but I’m not ready to make that commitment. Here’s the list (which I swiped from Book Junkie:

The usual rules apply. Bold for those I’ve read. Italic for those I really want to read. Strikethrough for what I hated or quit reading

* 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: 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; I liked Saint Maybe better.
* 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
* 1981: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
* 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 given
* 1976: Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
* 1975: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
* 1974: no award given
The fiction jury had unanimously recommended the 1974 award to Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, but the Pulitzer board, which has sole discretion for awarding the prize, made no award.
* 1973: The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
* 1972: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
* 1971: no award given
* 1970: The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford 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: The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
* 1965: The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
* 1964: no award given
* 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 James Agee
* 1957: no award given
* 1956: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
* 1955: A Fable by William Faulkner
* 1954: no award given
* 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
* 1947: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
* 1946: no award given
* 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 given
* 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 Thomas Sigismund Stribling
* 1932: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
* 1931: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
* 1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
* 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 (declined prize)
* 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 given
* 1919: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
* 1918: His Family by Ernest Poole

OK, so I haven’t read many on this list. That’s fine, though, since I haven’t tasked myself with reading everything on it! Maybe someday. Which ones have you read? Do you recommend them? Despise them?


2 responses to “Pulitzer books

  1. I want to read more of these than I actually have read. I would love to read Middlesex, Beloved, The Executioner’s Song, The Optimist’s Daughter, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea, The Grapes of Wrath, Gone with the Wind (I’m a Southern girl and have never read this… can you believe it!??!), The Good Earth.

    I love this list and am so glad to have come across it on your blog today!

  2. I really loved Gone with the Wind! I didn’t so much enjoy The Grapes of Wrath.

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