Writers of African Descent to Win Pulitzer Prizes (includes Finalists)

Pulitzer Prize Medal

Since 1917 the Pulitzer Prize has honored excellence in journalism and the arts. The first award was presented in 1918. The Prize recognizes American authors in six “Letters and Drama” categories; Biography/Autobiography, Fiction, General Non-Fiction, History, Poetry, and Drama (technically not a book award, but plays are all available as books and have been included here).

The first African-American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize in any of the above categories was Gwendolyn Brooks who received the award for poetry for her collection Annie Allen in 1950.


One Book was a Finalist or Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1950

Winner - Poetry

Annie Allen
by Gwendolyn Brooks

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    List Price: $38.50
    Format: Hardcover, 70 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780837155616
    Imprint: Greenwood Publishing Group
    Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
    Parent Company: ABC-CLIO
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    Book Description: 
    "weeps out of western country something new"



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