Pulitzer Prize Winners - Fiction

  1. 2016: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
  2. 2015: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
  3. 2014: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
  4. 2013: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.
  5. 2012 No Award
  6. 2011: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.
  7. 2010: Tinkers by Paul Harding.
  8. 2009: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
  9. 2008: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
  10. 2007: The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
  11. 2006: March by Geraldine Brooks.
  12. 2005: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
  13. 2004: The Known World by Edward P. Jones.
  14. 2003: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
  15. 2002: Empire Falls by Richard Russo.
  16. 2001: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
  17. 2000: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
  18. 1999: The Hours by Michael Cunningham.
  19. 1998: American Pastoral by Philip Roth.
  20. 1997: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser.
  21. 1996: Independence Day by Richard Ford.
  22. 1995: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields.
  23. 1994: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx.
  24. 1993: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler.
  25. 1992: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley.
  26. 1991: Rabbit At Rest by John Updike.
  27. 1990: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos.: Unfinished. Too much sex.
  28. 1989: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler.
  29. 1988: Beloved by Toni Morrison.
  30. 1987: A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor.
  31. 1986: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
  32. 1985: Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie.
  33. 1984: Ironweed by William Kennedy.
  34. 1983: The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
  35. 1982: Rabbit is Rich by John Updike.
  36. 1981: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
  37. 1980: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer.
  38. 1979: The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever.
  39. 1978: Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson.
  40. 1977 No Award
  41. 1976: Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow. -- Tried, but could not finish it, try again
  42. 1975: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.
  43. 1974 No Award
  44. 1973: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty.
  45. 1972: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.
  46. 1971 No Award
  47. 1970: Collected Stories by Jean Stafford.
  48. 1969: House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday.
  49. 1968: The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron.
  50. 1967: The Fixer by Bernard Malamud.
  51. 1966: Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter.
  52. 1965: The Keepers Of the House by Shirley Ann Grau.
  53. 1964 No Award
  54. 1963: The Reivers by William Faulkner.
  55. 1962: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor.
  56. 1961: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  57. 1960: Advise and Consent by Allen Drury.
  58. 1959: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor.
  59. 1958: A Death in the Family by James Agee.
  60. 1957 No Award
  61. 1956: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor.
  62. 1955: A Fable by William Faulkner.
  63. 1954 No Award
  64. 1953: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
  65. 1952: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk.
  66. 1951: The Town by Conrad Richter.
  67. 1950: The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
  68. 1949: Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens.
  69. 1948: Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener.

  70. Prior to 1948, the Pulitzer Prize of Fiction was known as the Pulitzer Prize of Novel

  71. 1947: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren.
  72. 1946 No Award
  73. 1945: A Bell for Adano by John Hersey.
  74. 1944: Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin.
  75. 1943: Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair.
  76. 1942: In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow.
  77. 1941 No Award
  78. 1940: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
  79. 1939: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
  80. 1938: The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand.
  81. 1937: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
  82. 1936: Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis.
  83. 1935: Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson.
  84. 1934: Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller.
  85. 1933: The Store by T. S. Stribling.
  86. 1932: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
  87. 1931: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes.
  88. 1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge.
  89. 1929: Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin.
  90. 1928: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.
  91. 1927: Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield.
  92. 1926: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis.
  93. 1925: So Big by Edna Ferber.
  94. 1924: The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson.
  95. 1923: One of Ours by Willa Cather.
  96. 1922: Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington.
  97. 1921: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
  98. 1920 No Award
  99. 1919: Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington.
  100. 1918: His Family by Ernest Poole.
  101. 1917 No Award
Author Comments: 

Pulitzer prize winners are announced in late May for the current year. 90 titles as of the 2016 prize.

It's interesting to see you put a couple of these down without finishing. I was tempted to do so with a couple of them myself. However, I hardly ever put a book down without finishing it, hoping to find some redeeming value there. (I had to set John Cheever's stories aside and come back to them before I could finish.) Once I complete this particular reading list, I will be including in my comment section those I found to be my favorites. I would be interested to see yours as well.

For the ones I put down I may try again if I can find them as audiobooks from a library. I'm able to read Jane Austen that way. Otherwise, I can't stand it. Got through Emma that way and actually enjoyed it a bit.

"Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" I could not finish. Too many sex scenes in it that were too lengthy descriptions for me. I understand that's core to the character so do not dismiss the book, I just choose to not read it. Not my "cup o'", if you will.

"Mambo Kings" was one of the books I had trouble with even more than John Cheever's short stories. Because of the sex. Seemed to be an obsession with it. (Cheever's stories were fine; I was simply not in the right frame of mind for them at the time.) I no longer feel I have to finish a book--or a movie for that matter--if there's a lot of sex.