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Pulitzer Prize Award Winners for 2004

abstract:Joseph Pulitzer was a skillfull newspaper publisher whose first passion was to elevate the quality of journalism. On his death in 1904 he bequeathed $2 Million to establish a school or journalism at Columbia University


April 09, 2004
— Pulitzer specified that one quarter of that sum was to be "applied to prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public, service, public morals, American literature, and the advancement of education." Pulitzer further specified solely four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and four traveling scholarships. In letters, prizes were to go to an American novel, an original American play performed in New York, a book on the history of the United States, an American biography, and a history of public service by the press.  


2004 Award Winners

Journalism: It was a great year for the Los Angeles Times which took five awards in the journalism category; Breaking New Reporting (for the S. California fires last fall); National Reporting, Criticism, Editorial Writing, and Feature Photography. 


Letters & Drama:

Fiction: The Known World, Edward P. Jones (Amistad/HarperCollins)The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians—and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.


Drama: I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright.  I Am My Own Wife tells of author Doug Wright's fascination with the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite caught up in the great European dramas of the 20th century.

History: A Nation Under Our Feet by Steven Hahn (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press). This is the epic story of how African-Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves into a political people—an embryonic black nation. 


Biography: Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman (W.W. Norton). Taubman's thorough and nuanced account is the first full-length American biography of Khrushchev-and will likely be the definitive one for a long time.

Poetry: Walking to Martha's Vineyard by Franz Wright (Alfred A. Knopf). In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal.

General Non-Fiction: Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday). Ann Applebaum has now undertaken, for the first time, a fully documented history of the Soviet camp system, from its origins in the Russian Revolution to its collapse in the era of glasnost.




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