the pulitzer challenge

The Pulitzer Challenge is the challenge I have set for myself to read all Pulitzer Award-winning novels or works of fiction.  Here is the complete list (the highlighted ones are books I’ve already read).  These award-winning novels, for me, are always a safe way to go when choosing something to read, well, this and the Classics which is what I read mainly.  So far, those I’ve read are books I highly recommend.

1.     2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding

2.     2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

3.     2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

4.     2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy

5.     2006 March by Geraldine Brooks

6.     2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

7.     2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones

8.     2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

9.     2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo

10.   2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

11.   2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

12.   1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham

13.   1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth

14.   1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser

15.   1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford

16.   1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

17.   1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

18.   1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

19.   1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

20.   1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike

21.   1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos

22.   1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

23.   1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison

24.   1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor

25.   1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

26.   1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

27.   1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy

28.   1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker

29.   1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike

30.   1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole

31.   1980 The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

32.   1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever

33.   1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson

34.   1976 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

35.   1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

36.   1973 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

37.   1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

38.   1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford

39.   1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday

40.   1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

41.   1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

42.   1966 Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter

43.   1965 The Keepers Of The House by Shirley Ann Grau

44.   1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner

45.   1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

46.   1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

47.   1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

48.   1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor

49.   1958 A Death In The Family by the late James Agee (a posthumous publication)

50.   1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

51.   1955 A Fable by William Faulkner

52.   1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

53.   1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

54.   1951 The Town by Conrad Richter

55.   1950 The Way West by A. B. Guthrie

56.   1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens

57.   1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

58.   1947 All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

59.   1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey

60.   1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin

61.   1943 Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair

62.   1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow

63.   1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

64.   1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

65.   1938 The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand

66.   1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

67.   1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis

68.   1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson

69.   1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller

70.   1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling

71.   1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

72.   1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes

73.   1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge

74.   1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin

75.   1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

76.   1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield

77.   1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

78.   1925 So Big by Edna Ferber

79.   1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson

80.   1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather

81.   1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington

82.   1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

83.   1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

84.   1918 His Family by Ernest Poole

This category was named Novel but was renamed in 1947 to Fiction.



4 thoughts on “the pulitzer challenge”

    1. Hi! Thanks. Sorry for the late reply. Anyway, I think I do have goodreads but I’m no longer using it. I think I’m gonna stick with the old school way of managing my reads. Manually. By arranging them in order in my shelves. I so don’t have time for other online accounts other than the ones I’m maintaining now. For my books, it’s just this blog site. 🙂

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