Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Pulitzer

This week, we're reading The Goldfinch, which won the Pulitzer.  So, I'm just going to tell you a little bit about the award.

The Pulitzer isn't just awarded for literature.  There is also one awarded for newspaper, online journalism and musical composition.  There are sub-categories within these categories (for instance, poetry, biography and fiction all fall under the literature umbrella).  Inevitably, there are twenty categories, and twenty winners, all of whom win a certificate and $10,000.

The award was started by Joseph Pulitzer (an Hungarian born American), who famously published the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World newspapers.  Upon his death, he allocated $250,000 to Columbia University to start a journalism scholarship program and the Pulitzer award, which has continued ever since.

Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost and William Faulkner are just a few of the names that have received this award.

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