Thanks for the great discussion yesterday! Today, I just wanted to bring up the cool news that this year's fiction Pulitzer Prize winner was a novella published by a small press! It's great that that Pulitzer committee is open-minded enough to look at everything out there. I'm pretty sure they also consider self-published works...although there may be some additional rules on that. But, congratulations to Paul Harding and his work "Tinkers"!
Update: Right now my roommate is home sitting for the cutest French bulldog puppy, Eloise. I want to be there so badly I'd gladly trade my Pulitzer winnings for the afternoon off. Okay, okay, so you don't get THAT much money for winning the Pulitzer.
EDITed by Scott TO ADD:
I was wondering how many of us have read Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. It's one of my goals to read all of them eventually. Anyway, here's a list of all the winners as far back as 1978. How many of these have you read?
2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)
2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar)
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad/ HarperCollins)
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar)
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Alfred A. Knopf)
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (Random House)
2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin)
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)
1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (Crown)
1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford (Alfred A. Knopf)
1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (Viking)
1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Charles Scribner's Sons)
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (Henry Holt)
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Alfred A. Knopf)
1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike (Alfred A. Knopf)
1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (Farrar)
1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Alfred A. Knopf)
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)
1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (Alfred A. Knopf)
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster)
1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (Random House)
1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking)
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Harcourt Brace)
1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (Knopf)
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole (a posthumous publication) (Louisiana State U. Press)
1980 The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (Little)
1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (Knopf)
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
I have read the winners by Cheever, Shields, Lahiri, Brooks, McCarthy, Diaz and Strout. I've read some of the older winners, but I don't feel like putting up the whole list because a) I'm lazy, and b) I'm on a blogging vacation in case you haven't noticed. Anyway. Everyone has to play now. What've you read from this list? Plans to read more of them? Do you care about the Pulitzer? I want one, you know.
Is it entirely uncool that I have come in and hijacked Davin's post?