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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction facts for kids

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This prize is given in the United States. There are several other Pulitzer Prizes. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is for writing by an American author. Usually this writing is about American life. It started as the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, which was awarded between 1918 and 1947.


  • 1918: His Family by Ernest Poole
  • 1919: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington



  • 1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
  • 1931: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  • 1932: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • 1933: The Store by Thomas Sigismund Stribling
  • 1934: Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  • 1935: Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
  • 1936: Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
  • 1937: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • 1938: The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
  • 1939: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings





  • 1970: The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford
  • 1971: No award given
  • 1972: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • 1973: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
  • 1974: No award given
  • 1975: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • 1976: Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
  • 1977: No award given
  • 1978: Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
  • 1979: The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever


Entries from this point on include the finalists listed after the winner for each year.

  • 1980: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
    • Birdy by William Wharton
    • The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
  • 1981: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (posthumous win)
  • 1982: Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
    • A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone
    • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  • 1983: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
    • Rabbis and Wives by Chaim Grade
  • 1984: Ironweed by William Kennedy
  • 1985: Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
    • I Wish This War Were Over by Diana O'Hehir
    • Leaving the Land by Douglas Unger
  • 1986: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • 1987: A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
  • 1988: Beloved by Toni Morrison
    • Persian Nights by Diane Johnson
    • That Night by Alice McDermott
  • 1989: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler



  • 2000: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
    • Waiting by Ha Jin
  • 2001: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • 2002: Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • 2003: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Servants of the Map: Stories by Andrea Barrett
    • You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett
  • 2004: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • 2005: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • 2006: March by Geraldine Brooks
  • 2007: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    • After This by Alice McDermott
    • The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  • 2008: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • 2009: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


  • 2010: Tinkers by Paul Harding
    • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
    • Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet
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