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2012 Pulitzer: Prize Feature Writing

History of the Pulitzer Prizes

In early April, there is always a bit of a buzz surrounding the announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes. The awards were first given out in 1917 as part of the legacy of Joseph Pulitzer, a captain of the newspaper industry in late 19th-century America. This year's prizes were announced this week, and as usual, a diverse set of news outlets and commentators offered a broad range of comment on the selections. The Christian Science Monitor was one of the first news outlets to comment on the fact that a prize for fiction was not awarded this year, and other people, including author Ann Patchett, offered comment as well. One of the Pulitzer Prize jurors, Susan Larson, told National Public Radio that she was "shocked, angry, and very disappointed." Writing in the New York Times this Tuesday, Ann Patchett remarked that "The Pulitzer Prize is our best chance as writers and readers and booksellers to celebrate fiction. This was the year we all lost." It's worth noting that the last time a fiction award was not given was in 1977, when the fiction jury chose Norman MacLean's beautiful "A River Runs Through It," but the Pulitzer Board chose not to award the prize.

The first link will take visitors to a news report from National Public Radio about the winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes. The second link will whisk users away to a piece from the CNN website about Sara Ganim, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize along with her colleagues at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg for their reporting on the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Moving along, the third link leads to a piece from this Tuesday's Michigan Live about Kevin Puts, a Michigan native and the recipient of this year's Pulitzer Prize for music. The fourth link will take users to an article from this Tuesday's Christian Science Monitor about the decision not to award a Pulitzer this year in the fiction category. The fifth link will take interested parties to Ann Patchett's opinion piece from the New York Times about this decision. The sixth link leads to the very moving and heart-wrenching piece by Eli Sanders of Seattle's "The Stranger" weekly that garnered him this year's Pulitzer Prize for feature reporting. The final link will take users to a very thorough and engaging website that explores the history of the Pulitzer Prizes.
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Alternate Title Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced
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Date Issued 2012-04-20
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Date of Scout Publication 2012-04-20
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