2010 Pulitzer Prize Winners
The Pulitzer Prize honors the journalistic prowess of the Hungarian-born newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer, who played a pivotal role in creating the world's first journalism school at the University of Missouri and the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in 1917—six years after his death—and while many notable writers, dramatists and journalists have received the prize, John F. Kennedy remains the only Pulitzer Prize–winning president. His book, Profiles in Courage, won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize in Biography.
Meet this year's Pulitzer Prize for Letters winners
Tinkers is the first small press novel to win the Pulitzer Prize since John Kennedy O'Toole's posthumous win in 1981 for A Confederacy of Dunces. Harding, who teaches at the University of Iowa, once studied under his now colleague and fellow Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson, author of the novel Gilead.
Finalists in this category were Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
Finalists in this category were The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph and In the Next Room or the vibrator play, by Sarah Ruhl.
A Harvard graduate who was born in Kenya, Ahamed dreamed of being a writer while he worked as an investment manager. This is his first mass market book. It was also nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Britain's leading nonfiction book award. Now, Ahamed is working on another book about economic history.
Finalists in this category were Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin and Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 by Gordon S. Wood.
Stiles also wrote Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War and has written for the New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in San Francisco.
Finalists in this category were Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey and Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper Jr.
Versed was also cited this year by the National Book Critics Circle Prize. Armantrout has written 10 books of poetry, including Next Life, which was selected by The New York Times as a notable book of 2007. Armantrout has taught at the University of California at San Diego for almost 20 years.
Finalists in this category were Tryst by Angie Estes and Inseminating the Elephant by Lucia Perillo.
Hoffman, a contributing editor at The Washington Post, began thinking about the events detailed in the book while serving as the Post's Moscow bureau chief from 1995 to 2001.
Finalists in this category were How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy and The Evolution of God by Robert Wright.
Cormac McCarthy's 2007 novel The Road
Paul Muldoon, 2003 winner for poetry
Jeffrey Eugenide's 2002 novel Middlesex
Seamus Heaney, 1995 winner for poetry
Anna Quindlen, 1992 winner for commentary
Toni Morrison's 1987 novel Beloved
Larry McMurtry's 1985 novel Lonesome Dove
John Steinbeck's 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath
Pearl S. Buck's 1931 novel The Good Earth