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Pulitzer Prizes for Letters and Drama

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The Pulitzer Prizes were established in 1917 by Joseph Pulitzer, founder of the Columbia University School of Journalism, and are awarded annually, though not necessarily in every category, by the trustees of Columbia University. In addition to the well-known Pulitzer prizes in various journalism categories, Pulitzer Prizes for “Letters, Drama and Music” are also given annually to United States authors for works dealing with American life and Americans’ lives. The categories of Novel/Fiction, History, Biography/Autobiography and Drama began in 1917, Poetry was added in 1922, and General Non-Fiction (Gen-NF in our list) was added in 1962.

For more information on the Pulitzer Prizes or Joseph Pulitzer, see those subject headings in the library’s online catalog, talk to the Reference staff, or connect to the official Pulitzer Web site. The titles in this list are “hotlinked” to the library’s catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. For titles not currently owned by our system, please consider requesting them through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Pulitzer Prize-Winners: 1917 to Present

2016

Fiction – Viet Thanh Nguyen – The Sympathizer
History – T.J. Stiles – Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Biography – William Finnegan – Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Drama – Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton
Poetry – Peter Balakian – Ozone Journal
Gen-NF – Joby Warrick – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
Music – Henry Threadgrill – In for a Penny, In for a Pound

2015

Fiction – Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See
History – Elizabeth A. Fenn – Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
Biography – David I. Kertzer – The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pope Pius XI and the Rise of Facism in Europe
Drama – Stephen Adly Guirgis – Between Riverside and Crazy
Poetry – Gregory Pardlo – Digest
Gen-NF – Elizabeth Kolbert – The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Music – Julia Wolfe – Anthracite Fields

2014

Fiction – Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
History – Alan Taylor – The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
Biography – Megan Marshall – Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
Drama – Annie Baker – The Flick
Poetry – Vijay Seshadri – 3 Sections
Gen-NF – Dan Fagin – Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
Music – John Luther Adams – Become Ocean

2013

Fiction – Adam Johnson – The Orphan Master’s Son
History – Fredrik Logevall – Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam
Biography – Tom Reiss – The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Drama – Ayad Akhtar – Disgraced
Poetry – Sharon Olds – Stag’s Leap
Gen-NF – Gilbert King – Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys
Music – Caroline Shaw – Partita for 8 Voices

2012

Fiction – [no award]
History – Manning Marable – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Biography – John Lewis Gaddis – George F. Kennan: An American Life
Drama – Quiara Alegría Hudes – Water by the Spoonful
Poetry – Tracy K. Smith – Life on Mars
Gen-NF – Stephen Greenblatt – The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Music – Kevin Puts – Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts

2011

Fiction – Jennifer Egan – A Visit From the Goon Squad
History – Eric Foner – The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
Biography – Ron Chernow – Washington: A Life
Drama – Bruce Norris – Clybourne Park
Poetry – Kay Ryan – The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
Gen-NF – Siddhartha Mukherjee – The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Music – Zhou Long – Madame White Snake

2010

Fiction – Paul Harding – Tinkers
History – Liaquat Ahamed – Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Biography – T.J. Stiles – The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Drama – Music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey – Next to Normal
Poetry – Rae Armantrout – Versed
Gen-NF – David E. Hoffman – The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
Music – Jennifer Higdon – Violin Concerto

2009

Fiction – Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteridge
History – Annette Gordon-Reed – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Biography – John Meacham – American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Drama – Lynn Nottage – Ruined
Poetry – W.S. Merwin – The Shadow of Sirius
Gen-NF – Douglas A. Blackmon – Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Music – Steve Reich – Double Sextet

2008

Fiction – Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
History – Daniel Walker Howe – What Hath God Wrought? The Transformation of America 1815-1848
Biography – John Matteson – Eden’s Outcasts
Drama – Tracy Letts – August: Osage Country
Poetry – Robert Hass – Time and Materials
Poetry – Philip Schultz – Failure
Gen-NF – Saul Friedlander – The Years of Extermination
Music – David Lang – The Little Match Girl Passion

2007

Fiction – Cormac McCarthy – The Road
History – Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff – The Race Beat
Biography – Debby Applegate – The Most Famous Man in America
Drama – David Lindsay-Abaire – Rabbit Hole
Poetry – Natasha Trethewey – Native Guard
Gen-NF – Lawrence Wright – The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 [973.931 Wri] Music – Ornette Coleman – Sound Grammar

2006

Fiction – Geraldine Brooks – March
History – David M. Oshinsky – Polio: An American Story [614.549 Osh] Biography – Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan – American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer [B Op53b] Drama – (No Award) –
Poetry – Claudia Emerson – Late Wife [811 Koo] Gen-NF – Caroline Elkins – Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya [967.62 Elk]

2005

Fiction – Marilynne Robinson – Gilead
History – David Hackett Fischer – Washington’s Crossing [973.33 Fis] Biography – Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan – de Kooning: An American Master [B D364s] Drama – John Patrick Shanley – Doubt: A Parable
Poetry – Ted Kooser – Delights & Shadows [811 Koo] Gen-NF – Steve Coll – Ghost Wars [958.1 Col]

2004

Fiction – Edward P. Jones – The Known World
History – Steven Hahn – A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Strugles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration [323.4 Hah] Biography – William Taubman – Khrushchev: The Man and His Era [B K529t] Drama – Doug Wright – I Am My Own Wife
Poetry – Franz Wright – Walking to Martha’s Vineyard
Gen-NF – Anne Applebaum – Gulag: A History [365.45 App]

2003

Fiction – Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
History – Rick Atkinson – An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 [940.542 Atk] Biography – Robert A. Caro – Master of the Senate [B J624c] Drama – Nilo Cruz – Anna in the Tropics
Poetry – Paul Muldoon – Moy Sand and Gravel [821 Mul] Gen-NF – Samantha Power – “A Problem From Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide [304.663 Pow]

2002

Fiction – Richard Russo – Empire Falls
History – Louis Menand – The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America [144.3 Men] Biography – David McCullough – John Adams [B Ad1m] Drama – Suzan-Lori Parks – Topdog/Underdog
Poetry – Carl Dennis – Practical Gods
Gen-NF – Diane McWhorter – Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution [323.4 McW]

2001

Fiction – Michael Chabon – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
History – Joseph J. Ellis – Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation [973.4 Ell] Biography – David Levering Lewis – W.E.B. DuBois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century [B D856l] Drama – David Auburn – Proof
Poetry – Stephen Dunn – Different Hours [811 Dun] Gen-NF – Herbert P. Bix – Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan [B H61b]

2000

Fiction – Jhumpa Lahiri – Interpreter of Maladies
History – David M. Kennedy – Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 [973.91 Ken] Biography – Stacy Schiff – Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov) [B N10s] Drama – Donald Margulies – Dinner With Friends
Poetry – C.K. Williams – Repair [811 Wil] Gen-NF – John W. Dower – Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II [952.044 Dow]

1999

Fiction – Michael Cunningham – The Hours
History – Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace – Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 [974.71 Bur] Biography – A. Scott Berg – Lindbergh [B L642b] Drama – Margaret Edson – Wit
Poetry – Mark Strand – Blizzard of One [811 Str] Gen-NF – John McPhee – Annals of the Former World [551 McP]

1998

Fiction – Philip Roth – American Pastoral
History – Edward J. Larson – Summer For the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion [344.077 Lar] Biography – Katharine Graham – Personal History [B G7525] Drama – Paula Vogel – How I Learned to Drive [812 Vog] Poetry – Charles Wright – Black Zodiac [811 Wri] Gen-NF – Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies [303.4 Dia]

1997

Fiction – Steven Millhauser – Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
History – Jack N. Rakove – Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution [342.73 Rak] Biography – Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes [B M13529] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Lisel Mueller – Alive Together: New and Selected Poems [811 Mue] Gen-NF – Richard Kluger – Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris [338.76 PhiYk]

1996

Fiction – Richard Ford – Independence Day
History – Alan Taylor – Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
Biography – Jack Miles – God: A Biography [231 Mil] Drama – Jonathan Larson – Rent [Music 782.141 qLar] Poetry – Jorie Graham – The Dream of the Unified Field [811.08 Gra] Gen-NF – Tina Rosenberg – The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism [947 Ros]

1995

Fiction – Carol Shields – The Stone Diaries
History – Doris Kearns Goodwin – No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II [B R665g] Biography – Joan D. Hedrick – Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life [B St7h] Drama – Horton Foote – The Young Man From Atlanta
Poetry – Philip Levine – The Simple Truth [811 Lev] Gen-NF – Jonathan Weiner – The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time [598.883 Wei]

1994

Fiction – E. Annie Proulx – The Shipping News
History – [no award]
Biography – David Levering Lewis – W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race 1868-1919 [B D856l] Drama – Edward Albee – Three Tall Women [812 Alb] Poetry – Yusek Komunyakaa – Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems
Gen-NF – David Remnick – Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire [947.085 Rem]

1993

Fiction – Robert Olen Butler – A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain
History – Gordon S. Wood – The Radicalism of the American Revolution [973.31 Woo] Biography – David McCullough – Truman [B T769m] Drama – Tony Kushner – Angels in America: Millenium Approaches [812 Kus] Poetry – Louise Gluck – Wild Iris [811 Glu] Gen-NF – Garry Wills – Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America [973.7 Wil]

1992

Fiction – Jane Smiley – A Thousand Acres
History – Mark E. Neely, Jr. – The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties [973.71 Nee] Biography – Lewis B. Puller, Jr. – Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet
Drama – Robert Schenkkan – The Kentucky Cycle
Poetry – James Tate – Selected Poems
Gen-NF – Daniel Yergin – The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power [338.272 Yer]

1991

Fiction – John Updike – Rabbit at Rest
History – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich – A Midwife’s Tale
Biography – Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith – Jackson Pollock [759.13 PolYn] Drama – Neil Simon – Lost in Yonkers [812 Sim] Poetry – Mona VanDuyn – Near Changes [811 Van] Gen-NF – Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson – The Ants

1990

Fiction – Oscar Hijuelos – The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
History – Stanley Karnow – In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines [959.9 Kar] Biography – Sebastian de Grazia – Machiavelli in Hell
Drama – August Wilson – The Piano Lesson [812 Wil] Poetry – Charles Simic – The World Doesn’t End [811 Sim] Gen-NF – Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson – And Their Children After Them [917.61 Mah]

1989

Fiction – Anne Tyler – Breathing Lessons
History – James M. McPherson – Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era [973.7 McP] History – Taylor Branch – Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 [973.921 Bra] Biography – Richard Ellmann – Oscar Wilde [B W648e] Drama – Wendy Wasserstein – The Heidi Chronicles [812 Was] Poetry – Richard Wilbur – New and Collected Poems [811 Wil] Gen-NF – Neil Sheehan – A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam [959.704 She]

1988

Fiction – Toni Morrison – Beloved
History – Robert V. Bruce – The Launching of Modern American Science 1846-1876 [509 Bru] Biography – David Herbert Donald – Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe [B W827d] Drama – Alfred Uhry – Driving Miss Daisy [812 Uhr] Poetry – William Meredith – Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems [811 Mer] Gen-NF – Richard Rhodes – The Making of the Atomic Bomb [623.451 Rho]

1987

Fiction – Peter Taylor – A Summons to Memphis
History – Bernard Bailyn – Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution [325.1 Bai] Biography – David J. Garrow – Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference [B K585g] Drama – August Wilson – Fences [812 Wil] Poetry – Rita Dove – Thomas and Beulah [811 Dov] Gen-NF – David K. Shipler – Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land [956.94 Shi]

1986

Fiction – Larry McMurtry – Lonesome Dove
History – Walter A. McDougall – …the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age [629.409 McD] Biography – Elizabeth Frank – Louise Bogan: A Portrait [B B63013f] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Henry Taylor – The Flying Change [811 Tay] Gen-NF – J. Anthony Lukas – Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
Gen-NF – Joseph Lelyveld – Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White [968 Lel]

1985

Fiction – Alison Lurie – Foreign Affairs
History – Thomas K. McCraw – Prophets of Regulation
Biography – Kenneth Silverman – The Life and Times of Cotton Mather [B M42s] Drama – Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by James Lapine – Sunday in the Park With George [Music 782.141 qSon] Poetry – Carolyn Kizer – Yin [811 Kiz] Gen-NF – Studs Terkel – The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two [940.54 Ter]

1984

Fiction – William Kennedy – Ironweed
History – [no award]
Biography – Louis R. Harlan – Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 [B W268h2] Drama – David Mamet – Glengarry Glen Ross [812 Mam] Poetry – Mary Oliver – American Primitive [811 Oli] Gen-NF – Paul Starr – The Social Transformation of American Medicine [610.9 Sta]

1983

Fiction – Alice Walker – The Color Purple
History – Rhys L. Isaac – The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790
Biography – Russell Baker – Growing Up [B B1752] Drama – Marsha Norman – ‘Night, Mother [812 Nor] Poetry – Galway Kinnell – Selected Poems [811 Kin] Gen-NF – Susan Sheehan – Is There No Place On Earth For Me? [616.898 She]

1982

Fiction – John Updike – Rabbit is Rich
History – C. Vann Woodward – Mary Chestnut’s Civil War [B C426] Biography – William McFeely – Grant: A Biography [973.82 McF] Drama – Charles Fuller – A Soldier’s Play [812 Ful] Poetry – Sylvia Plath – The Collected Poems [811 Pla] Gen-NF – Tracy Kidder – The Soul of a New Machine [621.381 Kid]

1981

Fiction – John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy of Dunces
History – Lawrence A. Cremin – American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876
Biography – Robert K. Massie – Peter the Great: His Life and World [B P44m] Drama – Beth Henley – Crimes of the Heart [812 Hen] Poetry – James Schuyler – The Morning of the Poem [811 Sch] Gen-NF – Carl E. Schorske – Fin-De Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture [943.613 Sch]

1980

Fiction – Norman Mailer – The Executioner’s Song
History – Leon F. Litwack – Been in the Storm So Long [973.8 Lit] Biography – Edmund Morris – The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt [B R67mo] Drama – Lanford Wilson – Talley’s Folly [812 Wil] Poetry – Donald Justice – Selected Poems [811 Jus] Gen-NF – Douglas R. Hofstadter – Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid [510.1 Hof]

1979

Fiction – John Cheever – The Stories of John Cheever
History – Don E. Fehrenbacher – The Dred Scott Case [973.621 Feh] Biography – Leonard Baker – Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews
Drama – Sam Shepard – Buried Child [812 She] Poetry – Robert Penn Warren – Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978 [811 War] Gen-NF – Edward O. Wilson – On Human Nature [301.2 Wil]

1978

Fiction – James Alan McPherson – Elbow Room
History – Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. – The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
Biography – Walter Jackson Bate – Samuel Johnson [B J63bat] Drama – Donald L. Coburn – The Gin Game [812 Cob] Poetry – Howard Nemerov – Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov [811 Nem] Gen-NF – Carl Sagan – The Dragons of Eden [153 Sag]

1977

Fiction – [no award] History – David M. Potter – The Impending Crisis, 1841-1867 [973.711 Pot] Biography – John E. Mack – A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence
Drama – Michael Cristofer – The Shadow Box [812 Cri] Poetry – James Merrill – Divine Comedies [811 Mer] Gen-NF – William W. Warner – Beautiful Swimmers

1976

Fiction – Saul Bellow – Humboldt’s Gift
History – Paul Horgan – Lamy of Santa Fe [B L199h] Biography – R.W.B. Lewis – Edith Wharton: A Biography [B W55le] Drama – Choreographed by Michael Bennett; book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante; Music by Marvin Hamlisch; lyrics by Edward Kleban – A Chorus Line [Music 782.141 qHam] Poetry – John Ashbery – Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror [811 Ash] Gen-NF – Robert N. Butler – Why Survive? Being Old in America [301.435 But]

1975

Fiction – Michael Shaara – The Killer Angels
History – Dumas Malone – Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V
Biography – Robert Caro – The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York [974.7 Car] Drama – Edward Albee – Seascape [812 Alb] Poetry – Gary Snyder – Turtle Island [811 Sny] Gen-NF – Annie Dillard – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek [500.9 Dil]

1974

Fiction – [no award] History – Daniel J. Boorstin – The Americans: The Democratic Experience [917.3 Boo] Biography – Louis Shaeffer – O’Neill, Son and Artist [B On2sa] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Robert Lowell – The Dolphin [811 Low] Gen-NF – Ernest Becker – The Denial of Death

1973

Fiction – Eudora Welty – The Optimist’s Daughter
History – Michael Kammen – People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization [917.3 Kam] Biography – W.A. Swanberg – Luce and His Empire [B L9612s] Drama – Jason Miller – That Championship Season
Poetry – Maxine Kumin – Up Country
Gen-NF – Frances Fitzgerald – Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam [320.959 Fit] Gen-NF – Robert Coles – Children of Crisis (vols II and III)

1972

Fiction – Wallace Stegner – Angle of Repose
History – Carl N. Degler – Neither Black Nor White [301.451 Deg] Biography – Joseph P. Lash – Eleanor and Franklin [B R664la] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – James Wright – Collected Poems [811 Wri] Gen-NF – Barbara W. Tuchman – Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 [B St52t]

1971

Fiction – [no award] History – James MacGregor Burns – Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom [B R665bua] Biography – Lawrance Thompson – Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1915-1938 [B F9303t] Drama – Paul Zindel – The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds [812 Zin] Poetry – William S. Merwin – The Carrier of Ladders [811 Mer] Gen-NF – John Toland – The Rising Sun [940.535 Tol]

1970

Fiction – Jean Stafford – Collected Stories
History – Dean Acheson – Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department [B Ac4p] Biography – T. Harry Williams – Huey Long [B L854w] Drama – Charles Gordone – No Place to Be Somebody [812 Gor] Poetry – Richard Howard – Untitled Subjects [811 How] Gen-NF – Erik H. Erikson – Gandhi’s Truth on the Origins of Militant Nonviolence [323.2 Eri]

1969

Fiction – N. Scott Momaday – House Made of Dawn
History – Leonard W. Levy – Origins of the Fifth Amendment [347.9 L57o] Biography – Benjamin Lawrence Reid – The Man From New York: John Quinn and His Friends [B Qu485r] Drama – Howard Sackler – The Great White Hope [812 Sac] Poetry – George Oppen – Of Being Numerous [811 Opp] Gen-NF – Rene Jules Dubos – Norman Mailer – So Human an Animal [301.3 Dub] – The Armies of the Night [301.53 M28a]

1968

Fiction – William Styron – The Confessions of Nat Turner
History – Bernard Bailyn – The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
Biography – George Frost Kennan – Memoirs [B K361] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Anthony Hecht – The Hard Hours [811 H355h] Gen-NF – Will and Ariel Durant – Rousseau and Revolution, the Tenth and Concluding Volume of The Story of Civilization [940.253 Dur]

1967

Fiction – Bernard Malamud – The Fixer
History – William H. Goetzmann – Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West [917.8 G55e] Biography – Justin Kaplan – Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain [B C586k] Drama – Edward Albee – A Delicate Balance [812 Al1d] Poetry – Anne Sexton – Live or Die
Gen-NF – David Brion Davis – The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture [326 D29p]

1966

Fiction – Katherine Anne Porter – Collected Stories
History – Perry Miller – The Life of the Mind in America [917.3 M61l] Biography – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. – A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House [973.922 Sch3t] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Richard Eberhart – Selected Poems
Gen-NF – Edwin Way Teale – Wandering Through Winter [574.973 T22w]

1965

Fiction – Shirley Ann Grau – The Keepers of the House
History – Irwin Unger – The Greenback Era
Biography – Ernest Samuels – Henry Adams, three volumes [B Ad05s] Drama – Frank D. Gilroy – The Subject Was Roses [812 G42a] Poetry – John Berryman – 77 Dream Songs
Gen-NF – Howard Mumford Jones – O Strange New World [917.3 J71o]

1964

Fiction – [no award] History – Sumner Chilton Powell – Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town
Biography – Walter Jackson Bate – John Keats [821 K22zbk] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Louis Simpson – At the End of the Open Road
Gen-NF – Richard Hofstadter – Anti-Intellectualism in American Life [917.3 H675a]

1963

Fiction – William Faulkner – The Reivers
History – Constance McLaughlin Green – Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 [917.53 G82w] Biography – Leon Edel – Henry James [B J23e] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – William Carlos Williams – Pictures From Brueghel [811 Wil] Gen-NF – Barbara W. Tuchman – The Guns of August [940.241 Tuc]

1962

Fiction – Edwin O’Connor – The Edge of Sadness
History – Lawrence H. Gipson – The Triumphant Empire: Thunder-Clouds Gather in the West 1763-1766
Biography – [no award]
Drama – Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [Music 782.141 qLoe] Poetry – Alan Dugan – Poems [811 D873p ] Gen-NF – Theodore H. White – The Making of the President 1960 [973.921 W58m]

1961

Fiction – Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
History – Herbert Feis – Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference [940.531 F32b] Biography – David Donald – Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War
Drama – Tad Mosel – All the Way Home [812 M848a] Poetry – Phyllis McGinley – Times Three: Selected Verse From Three Decades [811 M17t]

1960

Fiction – Allen Drury – Advise and Consent
History – Margaret Leech – In the Days of McKinley [B M19l] Biography – Samuel Eliot Morison – John Paul Jones: A Sailor’s Biography [B J72m] Drama – Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott; Music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick – Fiorello! [Music 782.14 Boc] Poetry – W.D. Snodgrass – Heart’s Needle [811 Sn5h]

1959

Fiction – Robert Lewis Taylor – The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
History – Leonard D. White and Miss Jean Schneider – The Republican Era: 1869-1901 [353 W58r] Biography – Arthur Walworth – Woodrow Wilson, American Prophet [B W691wa] Drama – Archibald Macleish – J.B. [812 M213j] Poetry – Stanley Kunitz – Selected Poems 1928-1958 [811 K958s]

1958

Fiction – James Agee – A Death in the Family
History – Bray Hammond – Banks and Politics in America [332.1 H18b] Biography – Douglas Southall Freeman, written by Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells Ashworth after Dr. Freeman’s death in 1953 – George Washington, Volumes I-VI [B W27fre] Drama – Ketti Frings – Look Homeward, Angel [812 F91l] Poetry – Robert Penn Warren – Promises: Poems 1954-1956 [811 W25p]

1957

Fiction – [no award] History – George F. Kennan – Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations 1917-1920
Biography – John F. Kennedy – Profiles in Courage [923.273 K38p] Drama – Eugene O’Neill – Long Day’s Journey Into Night [812 On2l] Poetry – Richard Wilbur – Things of This World

1956

Fiction – MacKinlay Kantor – Andersonville
History – Richard Hofstadter – The Age of Reform [973.911 Hof 1955] Biography – Talbot Faulkner Hamlin – Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Drama – Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich – Diary of Anne Frank [812 Goo] Poetry – Elizabeth Bishop – Poems — North & South

1955

Fiction – William Faulkner – A Fable
History – Paul Horgan – Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History [976.4 H78g] Biography – William S. White – The Taft Story [B T1214w] Drama – Tennessee Williams – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [812 Wil] Poetry – Wallace Stevens – Collected Poems [811 St4c]

1954

Fiction – [no award] History – Bruce Catton – A Stillness at Appomattox [973.738 Cat] Biography – Charles A. Lindbergh – The Spirit of St. Louis [629.13 L64s] Drama – John Patrick – Teahouse of the August Moon [812 G55t] Poetry – Theodore Roethke – The Waking

1953

Fiction – Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea
History – George Dangerfield – The Era of Good Feelings [973.54 D21e] Biography – David J. Mays – Edmund Pendleton [B P37m] Drama – William Inge – Picnic [812 Ing] Poetry – Archibald Macleish – Collected Poems 1917-1952

1952

Fiction – Herman Wouk – The Caine Mutiny
History – Oscar Handlin – The Uprooted [325.73 Han] Biography – Merlo J. Pusey – Charles Evans Hughes [B H866p] Drama – Joseph Kramm – The Shrike
Poetry – Marianne Moore – Collected Poems [811 M778c]

1951

Fiction – Conrad Richter – The Town
History – R. Carlyle Buley – The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 [977 B87o] Biography – Margaret Louise Coit – John C. Calhoun: American Portrait [B C13c] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Carl Sandburg – Complete Poems [811 Sa47c]

1950

Fiction – A. B. Guthrie Jr. – The Way West
History – Oliver W. Larkin – Art and Life in America [709.73 qLar] Biography – Samuel Flagg Bemis – John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy
Drama – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan – South Pacific [Music 782.141 qRod] Poetry – Gwendolyn Brooks – Annie Allen [811 Bro]

1949

Fiction – James Gould Cozzens – Guard of Honor
History – Roy Franklin Nichols – The Disruption of American Democracy
Biography – Robert E. Sherwood – Roosevelt and Hopkins
Drama – Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman [812 Mil] Poetry – Peter Viereck – Terror and Decorum [811 V671t]

1948

Fiction – James Michener – Tales of the South Pacific
History – Bernard Devoto – Across the Wide Missouri [978 DeV] Biography – Margaret Clapp – Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow [B B48c] Drama – Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire [812 Wil] Poetry – W.H. Auden – The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue [821 Au2a]

1947

Novel – Robert Penn Warren – All the King’s Men
History – James Phinney Baxter III – Scientists Against Time
Biography – William Allen White – The Autobiography of William Allen White [B W585] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Robert Lowell – Lord Weary’s Castle [811 L952l]

1946

Novel – [no award] History – Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. – The Age of Jackson [973.5 Sch3a] Biography – Linne Marsh Wolfe – Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir [B M89s] Drama – Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay – State of the Union
Poetry – [no award –

1945

Novel – John Hersey – A Bell for Adano
History – Stephen Bonsal – Unfinished Business
Biography – Russell Blaine Nye – George Bancroft: Brahmin Rebel [B B219n] Drama – Mary Chase – Harvey [812.08 She] Poetry – Karl Shapiro – V-Letter and Other Poems [Heritage 811 Sha]

1944

Novel – Martin Flavin – Journey in the Dark
History – Merle Curti – The Growth of American Thought [Heritage 001.1 Cur] Biography – Carleton Mabee – The American Leonardo: The Life of Samuel F.B. Morse [B M836ma] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – Stephen Vincent Benet – Western Star [811 B43w]

1943

Novel – Upton Sinclair – Dragon’s Teeth
History – Esther Forbes – Paul Revere and the World He Lived In [B R324f] Biography – Samuel Eliot Morison – Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus [B C72ma] Drama – Thornton Wilder – The Skin of Our Teeth [812 W643t] Poetry – Robert Frost – A Witness Tree [811 F92l]

1942

Novel – Ellen Glasgow – In This Our Life
History – Margaret Leech – Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 [973.745 L51r] Biography – Forrest Wilson – Crusader in Crinoline [B St7w] Drama – [no award]
Poetry – William Rose Benet – The Dust Which is God [811 B432d]

1941

Novel – [no award] History – Marcus Lee Hansen – The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 [325.73 H19a] Biography – Ola Elizabeth Winslow – Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758: A Biography [B Ed92w] Drama – Robert E. Sherwood – There Shall Be No Night [812 Sh5t] Poetry – Leonard Bacon – Sunderland Capture

1940

Novel – John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath
History – Carl Sandburg – Abraham Lincoln: The War Years [B L63sa] Biography – Ray Stannard Baker – Woodrow Wilson, Life and Letters. Vols. VII and VIII [B W691ba] — Library owns volumes I through VI but not VII and VIII
Drama – William Saroyan – The Time of Your Life [812 Sa7th] Poetry – Mark Van Doren – Collected Poems

1939

Novel – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – The Yearling
History – Frank Luther Mott – A History of American Magazines [051 M85] Biography – Carl Van Doren – Benjamin Franklin [B F85v] Drama – Robert E. Sherwood – Abe Lincoln in Illinois [812 Sh5a] Poetry – John Gould Fletcher – Selected Poems

1938

Novel – John P. Marquand – The Late George Apley
History – Paul Herman Buck – The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900 [973.8 B85] Biography – Marquis James – Andrew Jackson, 2 vols. [B J12j] Drama – Thornton Wilder – Our Town [812 Wil] Poetry – Marya Zaturenski – Cold Morning Sky

1937

Novel – Margaret Mitchell – Gone With the Wind
History – Van Wyck Brooks – The Flowering of New England 1815-1865 [810.9 B79] Biography – Odell Shepard – Pedlar’s Progress
Drama – Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman – You Can’t Take it With You [812 Har] Poetry – Robert Frost – A Further Range [811 F92f]

1936

Novel – Harold L. Davis – Honey in the Horn
History – Andrew C. McLaughlin – A Constitutional History of the United States
Biography – Allan Nevins – Hamilton Fish: The Inner History of the Grant Administration [B F527] Drama – Robert E. Sherwood – Idiots Delight
Poetry – Robert P. Tristram Coffin – Strange Holiness

1935

Novel – Josephine Winslow Johnson – Now in November
History – Charles McLean Andrews – The Colonial Period of American History
Biography – Ralph Barton Perry – The Thought and Character of William James [B J231p] Drama – Zoe Akins – The Old Maid
Poetry – Audrey Wurdemann – Bright Ambush

1934

Novel – Caroline Miller – Lamb in His Bosom
History – Herbert Agar – The People’s Choice: From Washington to Harding, a Study in Democracy [973 Agl] Biography – Douglas S. Freeman – R.E. Lee: A Biography [B L47fr] Drama – Sidney Kingsley – Men in White
Poetry – Robert Hillyer – Collected Verse

1933

Novel – T. S. Stribling – The Store
History – Frederick J. Turner – The Significance of Sections in American History
Biography – Tyler Dennett – John Hay: From Poetry to Politics [B H318d] Drama – Maxwell Anderson – Both Your Houses
Poetry – Archibald Macleish – Conquistador

1932

Novel – Pearl S. Buck – The Good Earth
History – John J. Pershing – My Experiences in the World War [940.48 P43] Biography – Allan Nevins – Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage [B C59n] Drama – George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin – Of Thee I Sing [812 K163] Poetry – George Dillon – The Flowering Stone

1931

Novel – Margaret Ayer Barnes – Years of Grace
History – Bernadotte E. Schmitt – The Coming of the War 1914 [940.311 Sch5] Biography – Henry F. Pringle – Theodore Roosevelt
Drama – Susan Glaspell – Alison’s House [812 G46a] Poetry – Robert Frost – Collected Poems

1930

Novel – Oliver LaFarge – Laughing Boy
History – Claude E. Van Tyne – The War of Independence
Biography – Marquis James – The Raven [B H81j] Drama – Marc Connelly – The Green Pastures [812 C76] Poetry – Conrad Aiken – Selected Poems

1929

Novel – Julia M. Peterkin – Scarlet Sister Mary
History – Fred Albert Shannon – The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 [973.7 Sh1] Biography – Burton J. Hendrick – The Training of an American: The Earlier Life and Letters of Walter H. Page [B P14t] Drama – Elmer L. Rice – Street Scene
Poetry – Stephen Vincent Benet – John Brown’s Body [811 B43jb]

1928

Novel – Thornton Wilder – The Bridge of San Luis Rey
History – Vernon Louis Parrington – Main Currents in American Thought, 2 vols. [973 Par] Biography – Charles Edward Russell – The American Orchestra and Theodore Thomas
Drama – Eugene O’Neill – Strange Interlude [812 On2n] Poetry – Edwin Arlington Robinson – Tristram

1927

Novel – Louis Bromfield – Early Autumn
History – Samuel Flagg Bemis – Pinckney’s Treaty
Biography – Emory Holloway – Whitman: An Interpretation in Narrative [B W606h] Drama – Paul Green – In Abraham’s Bosom [812 G82f] Poetry – Leonora Speyer – Fiddler’s Farewell

1926

Novel – Sinclair Lewis – Arrowsmith
History – Edward Channing – A History of the United States
Biography – Harvey Cushing – The Life of Sir. William Osler, 2 vols. [B Os55] Drama – George Kelly – Craig’s Wife
Poetry – Amy Lowell – What’s O’Clock [811 L949w]

1925

Novel – Edna Ferber – So Big
History – Frederic L. Paxson – History of the American Frontier [978 P28h] Biography – M.A. DeWolfe Howe – Barrett Wendell and His Letters [BW 483] Drama – Sidney Howard – They Knew What They Wanted
Poetry – Edwin Arlington Robinson – The Man Who Died Twice

1924

Novel – Margaret Wilson – The Able McLaughlins
History – Charles Howard McIlwain – The American Revolution: A Constitutional Interpretation
Biography – Michael Idvorsky Pupin – From Immigrant to Inventor [B P965] Drama – Hatcher Hughes – Hell-Bent for Heaven
Poetry – Robert Frost – New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes [811 F92]

1923

Novel – Willa Cather – One of Ours
History – Charles Warren – The Supreme Court in United States History [342.73 W25] Biography – Burton J. Hendrick – The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page [B P14l] Drama – Owen Davis – Icebound
Poetry – Edna St. Vincent Millay – The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver: A Few Figs From Thistles: Eight Sonnets in American Poetry, 1922: A Miscellany [j811 Mil]

1922

Novel – Booth Tarkington – Alice Adams
History – James Truslow Adams – The Founding of New England
Biography – Hamlin Garland – A Daughter of the Middle Border [B G186d] Drama – Eugene O’Neill – Anna Christie [812 On2el] Poetry – Edwin Arlington – Collected Poems

1921

Novel – Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence
History – William Sowden Sims and Burton J. Hendrick – The Victory at Sea
Biography – Edward Bok – The Americanization of Edward Bok [B B633] Drama – Zona Gale – Miss Lulu Bett [novel version of play]

1920

Novel – [no award] History – Justin H. Smith – The War With Mexico, 2 vol.
Biography – Albert J. Beveridge – The Life of John Marshall, 4 vol. [B M35b] Drama – Eugene O’Neill – Beyond the Horizon

1919

Novel – Booth Tarkington – The Magnificent Ambersons
History – [no award]
Biography – Henry Adams – The Education of Henry Adams [B Ad05] Drama – [no award]

1918

Novel – Ernest Poole – His Family
History – James Ford Rhodes – A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865

Biography – William Cabell Bruce – Benjamin Franklin, Self-Revealed
Drama – Jesse Lynch Williams – Why Marry?

1917

Fiction – [no award] History – His Excellency J.J. Jusserand – With Americans of Past and Present Days
Biography – Laura E. Richards and Maude Howe Elliott – Julia Ward Howe [B H83r] Drama – [no award]

Originally posted November 2004
Completely revised, expanded and updated January 2006 sdc
Last updated August 2014 sdc