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No Pulitzer Prize Awarded - Scandal or Indictment?

abstract:My PW bulletin arrived with a great debate on the blowback after America's Pulitzer Prize committee decided NOT to award any of the short-listed nominated books. Response to the decision has been interesting. Anne Patchett wrote a scathing piece that appeared in the NYT and felt that readers are the ones missing out, in addition to the finalists who deserved losing to someone. Is it an indictment of the quality of fiction, a faulty committee process or a justified stance? Despite a jury’s selection of three titles beloved by many—David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!—the award selection committee (a separate body) declined to pick a winner. Read details of the PW report and let us know your thoughts on our blog.

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April 22, 2012

 

 

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