The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Established in 1917 and endowed by Joseph Pulitzer, the noted Hungarian immigrant newspaper publisher, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction recognizes distinguished fiction published in book form by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. (This award description was taken from NoveList, a database dedicated to helping readers find fiction titles, award winning books, and similar titles and authors.)  Visit the Pulitzer Prizes official website for more information about this award and past winners.

All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


2013 Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master's Son.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
2012 No Award
2011 Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
2010 Harding, Paul. Tinkers.
     Also available: CD, Digital Player
2009 Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
2008 Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
2007 McCarthy, Cormac. The Road.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
2006 Brooks, Geraldine. March: A Novel.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2005 Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2004 Jones, Edward P. The Known World.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
2003 Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex: A Novel
     Also available: CDeAudiobook
2002 Russo, Richard. Empire Falls.
     Also available: Large Type
2001 Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
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2000 Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies: Stories.
     Also available: Large Type, CDeAudiobookDigital Player
1999 Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1998 Roth, Philip. American Pastoral.
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1997 Millhauser, Steven. Martin Dressler.
1996 Ford, Richard. Independence Day.
1995 Shields, Carol. The Stone Diaries.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1994 Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1993 Butler, Robert Olen. A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain.
1992 Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1991 Updike, John. Rabbit at Rest.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
1990 Hijuelos, Oscar. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
1989 Tyler, Anne. Breathing Lessons.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
1988 Morrison, Beloved. Beloved.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1987 Taylor, Peter. A Summons to Memphis.
     Also available: Large Type
1986 McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove.
1985 Lurie, Alison. Foreign Affairs.
1984 Kennedy, William. Ironweed.
1983 Walker, Alice. The Color Purple.
     Also available: CD
1982 Updike, John. Rabbit Is Rich.
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1981 Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces.
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1980 Mailer, Norman. The Executioner’s Song. (Adult Nonfiction 364.1523 M).
1979 Cheever, John. The Stories of John Cheever.
1978 McPherson, James Alan. Elbow Room.
1977 No Award
1976 Bellow, Saul. Humboldt’s Gift.
     Also available: CD
1975 Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels.
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1974 No Award
1973 Welty, Eudora. The Optimist’s Daughter.
1972 Stegner, Wallace. Angle of Repose.
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1971 No Award
1970 Stafford, Jean. Collected Stories.
1969 Momaday, N. Scott. House Made of Dawn.
     Also available: CD
1968 Styron, William. The Confessions of Nat Turner.
     Also available: eBook
1967 Malamud, Bernard. The Fixer.
     Also available: Large Type
1966 Porter, Katherine Anne. The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter.
1965 Grau, Shirley Ann. The Keepers of the House.
1964 No Award
1963 Faulkner, William. The Reivers.
1962 O'Connor, Edwin. The Edge of Sadness.
1961 Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1960 Drury, Allen. Advise and Consent.
1959 Taylor, Robert Lewis. The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.
1958 Agee, James. A Death in the Family.
1957 No Award
1956 Kantor, MacKinlay. Andersonville.
1955 Faulkner, William. A Fable.
1954 No Award
1953 Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea.
     Also available: CD
1952 Wouk, Herman. The Caine Mutiny.
1951 Richter, Conrad. The Town.
1950 Guthrie, A.B. The Way West. (Adult Western GUT).
1949 Cozzens, James Gould. Guard of Honor.
1948 Michener, James A. Tales of the South Pacific.
1947 Warren, Robert Penn. All the King’s Men.
1946 No Award
1945 Hersey, John. A Bell for Adano.
     Also available: CD
1944 Flavin, Martin. Journey in the Dark.
1943 Sinclair, Upton. Dragon’s Teeth.
1942 Glasgow, Ellen. In This Our Life.
1941 No Award
1940 Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
1939 Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling.
1938 Marquand, John P. The Late George Apley.
1937 Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With the Wind. 1936.
     Also available: Large TypeCD
1936 Davis, Harold Lenoir. Honey in the Horn.
1935 Johnson, Josephine Winslow. Now in November.
1934 Miller, Caroline. Lamb in His Bosom.
1933 Stribling, T.S. The Store.
1932 Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. 1931.
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1931 Barnes, Margaret. Years of Grace.
1930 La Farge, Oliver. Laughing Boy. (Teen Fiction LAF).
1929 Peterkin, Julia M. Scarlet Sister.
1928 Wilder, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
1927 Bromfield, Louis. Early Autumn. (In A Bromfield Galaxy).
1926 Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith.
1925 Ferber, Edna. So Big.
1924 Wilson, Margaret. The Able McLaughlins.
1923 Cather, Willa. One of Ours.
1922 Tarkington, Booth. Alice Adams.
1921 Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence.
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1920 No Award
1919 Tarkington, Booth. The Magnificent Ambersons.
1918 Poole, Ernest. His Family.