Pulitzer Prize Winners - Fiction

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

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

  69. 1947 - All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
  70. 1946 No Award
  71. 1945 - A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
  72. 1944 - Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
  73. 1943 - Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
  74. 1942 - In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
  75. 1941 No Award
  76. 1940 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  77. 1939 - The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  78. 1938 - The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
  79. 1937 - Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  80. 1936 - Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
  81. 1935 - Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
  82. 1934 - Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  83. 1933 - The Store by T. S. Stribling
  84. 1932 - The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  85. 1931 - Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  86. 1930 - Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge
  87. 1929 - Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
  88. 1928 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  89. 1927 - Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
  90. 1926 - Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  91. 1925 - So Big by Edna Ferber
  92. 1924 - The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
  93. 1923 - One of Ours by Willa Cather
  94. 1922 - Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
  95. 1921 - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  96. 1920 No Award
  97. 1919 - Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  98. 1918 - His Family by Ernest Poole
  99. 1917 No Award
Author Comments: 

Pulitzer prize winners are announced in late May for the current year. 87 titles as of the 2013 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.