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.


2 Books were Finalists or Winners of Pulitzer Prizes in 2002

Winner - Drama

Topdog/Underdog
by Suzan-Lori Parks

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    List Price: $14.95
    Format: Paperback, 110 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9781559362016
    Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
    Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
    Parent Company: Theatre Communications Group
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    Book Description: A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling



    Finalist - Fiction

    John Henry Days
    by Colson Whitehead

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      List Price: $15.95
      Format: Paperback, 385 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      ISBN13: 9780385498203
      Imprint: Anchor
      Publisher: Penguin Random House
      Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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      Book Description: Colson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.



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