Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (a novel)

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  • 2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • 2013 The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
  • 2012 No Award Given
  • 2011 A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • 2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • 2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • 2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (repeater)
  • 2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • 2006 March by Geraldine Brooks
  • 2005 Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
  • 2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • 2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (repeater) (x2)
  • 2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo (repeater)
  • 2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (repeater) (x2)
  • 2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (short stories)
  • 1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • 1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • 1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
  • 1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford
  • 1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  • 1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  • 1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (short stories)
  • 1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • 1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike
  • 1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
  • 1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • 1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • 1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
  • 1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (repeater)
  • 1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
  • 1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy
  • 1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker (repeater)
  • 1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike, the latest novel in a memorable sequence
  • 1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole (a posthumous publication) (repeater)
  • 1980 The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (repeater)
  • 1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (short stories)
  • 1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
  • 1977 (No Award)
  • 1976 Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
  • 1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • 1974 (No Award)
  • 1973 The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
  • 1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • 1971 (No Award)
  • 1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford
  • 1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  • 1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  • 1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  • 1966 Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter (repeater)
  • 1965 The Keepers Of The House by Shirley Ann Grau
  • 1964 (No Award)
  • 1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner (repeater)
  • 1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor
  • 1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (repeater) (x3)
  • 1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (repeater)
  • 1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
  • 1958 A Death In The Family by the late James Agee (a posthumous publication)
  • 1957 (No Award)
  • 1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor (repeater)
  • 1955 A Fable by William Faulkner
  • 1954 (No Award)
  • 1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • 1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
  • 1951 The Town by Conrad Richter
  • 1950 The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  • 1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
  • 1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
  • (From 1917-1948, the award was given as the Pulitzer Prize for Novel)
  • 1947 All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • 1946 (No Award)
  • 1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
  • 1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
  • 1943 Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
  • 1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
  • 1941 (No Award)
  • 1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (repeater)
  • 1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • 1938 The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
  • 1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • 1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
  • 1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
  • 1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  • 1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling
  • 1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (repeater)
  • 1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  • 1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge
  • 1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
  • 1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • 1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
  • 1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  • 1925 So Big by Edna Ferber
  • 1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
  • 1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather
  • 1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (repeater)
  • 1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • 1920 (No Award)
  • 1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  • 1918 His Family by Ernest Poole
  • 1917 (No Award)
Author Comments: 

The books I have read are highlighted in yellow. "repeater" means this is a book I would or have read more than once.

I began the quest to read these in February 2007 and completed it 2/20/2010 for as many books as had been awarded up to that date. (I'm a voracious reader and was reading other books at the same time, naturally.) Some of the titles I own, but my library deserves big kudos for making sure all but two of them were on the shelf for me to complete the quest. (I had to purchase those.) Hat tip to Matt and Beth and Susan at Willard in BC!

You need to add: 2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout