The Pulitzer Project

Welcome to my Pulitzer Project! The goal of this project is to read all 85 books that have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. While reading my 100 books in 1 year I will try to include a few Pulitzer Prize winners as well in order to finish this list as soon as I can. The highlighted books are the ones that I have already read!

2013 – The Orphan Master’s Son (Johnson)
2012 – None awarded
2011 – A Visit from the Goon Squad (Egan)
2010 – Tinkers (Harding)
2009 – Olive Kitteridge (Strout)
2008 – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Diaz)

2007 – The Road (McCarthy)
2006 – March (Brooks)
2005 – Gilead (Robinson)
2004 – The Known World (Jones)
2003 – Middlesex (Eugenides)
2002 – Empire Falls (Russo)
2001 – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Chabon)
2000 – Interpreter of Maladies (Lahiri)
1999 – The Hours (Cunningham)
1998 – American Pastoral (Roth)
1997 – Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer (Millhauser)
1996 – Independence Day (Ford)
1995 – The Stone Diaries (Shields)
1994 – The Shipping News (Proulx)
1993 – A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Butler)
1992 – A Thousand Acres (Smiley)
1991 – Rabbit at Rest (Updike)
1990 – The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (Hijuelos)
1989 – Breathing Lessons (Tyler)
1988 – Beloved (Morrison)
1987 – A Summons to Memphis (Taylor)
1986 – Lonesome Dove (McMurtry)
1985 – Foreign Affairs (Lurie)
1984 – Ironweed (Kennedy)
1983 – The Color Purple (Walker)
1982 – Rabbit is Rich (Updike)
1981 – A Confederacy of Dunces (Toole)
1980 – The Executioner’s Song (Mailer)
1979 – The Stories of John Cheever (Cheever)
1978 – Elbow Room (McPherson)
1977 – None awarded
1976 – Humboldt’s Gift (Bellow)
1975 – The Killer Angels (Shaara)
1974 – None awarded
1973 – The Optimist’s Daughter (Welty)
1972 – Angle of Repose (Stegner)
1971 – None awarded
1970 – Collected Stories by Jean Stafford (Stafford)
1969 – House Made of Dawn (Momaday)
1968 – The Confessions of Nat Turner (Styron)
1967 – The Fixer (Malamud)
1966 – Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter (Porter)
1965 – The Keepers Of the House (Grau)
1964 – None awarded
1963 – The Reivers (Faulkner)
1962 – The Edge of Sadness (Edwin O’Connor)
1961 – To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
1960 – Advise and Consent (Drury)
1959 – The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (Taylor)
1958 – A Death in the Family (Agee)
1957 – None awarded 
1956 – Andersonville (Kantor)
1955 – A Fable (Faulkner)
1954 – None awarded
1953 – The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
1952 – The Caine Mutiny (Wouk)
1951 – The Town (Richter)
1950 – The Way West (Guthrie)
1949 – Guard of Honor (Cozzens)
1948 – Tales of the South Pacific (Michener)
1947 – All the King’s Men (Warren)
1946 – None awarded
1945 – Bell for Adano (Hersey)
1944 – Journey in the Dark (Flavin)
1943 – Dragon’s Teeth I (Sinclair)
1942 – In This Our Life (Glasgow)
1941 – None awarded
1940 – The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
1939 – The Yearling (Rawlings)
1938 – The Late George Apley (Marquand)
1937 – Gone with the Wind (Mitchell)
1936 – Honey in the Horn (Davis)
1935 – Now in November (Johnson)
1934 – Lamb in His Bosom (Miller)
1933 – The Store (Stribling)
1932 – The Good Earth (Buck)
1931 – Years of Grace (Barnes)
1930 – Laughing Boy (Lafarge)
1929 – Scarlet Sister Mary (Peterkin)
1928 – The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Wilder)
1927 – Early Autumn (Bromfield)
1926 – Arrowsmith (Lewis)
1925 – So Big (Ferber)
1924 – The Able McLauglins (Wilson)
1923 – One of Ours (Cather)
1922 – Alice Adams (Tarkington)
1921 – The Age of Innocence (Wharton)
1920 – None awarded
1919 – The Magnificent Ambersons (Tarkington)
1918 – His Family (Poole)


31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rachelcabbit
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 03:54:14

    I have only read 2 of these! (To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Color Purple)
    May join you on this challenge!


  2. juriss99
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 07:36:03

    Those are the only two books I read when I started as well!


  3. Ms.Z.
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 07:01:38

    “Gone with the wind” is amazing. One of my favorites.


  4. booksandbuttons
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 16:27:29

    Nice book list!! I’ve read 37 of them–of course, I’m older than you!
    Thanks for including my blog on your blog list. Love your site, too–
    I love a good list!!


  5. juriss99
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 16:45:04

    I hope that by the end of the year I will be close to 40 at least! Loved your blog as well and will keep reading! Thanks for stopping by!


  6. Lazy Linesman
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 03:21:59

    Can only tick two off that list myself – ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and ‘The Age of Innocence’ – though I admit it’s the first time I’ve seen the complete list of Pulitzer winners. Great concept – I’ll be keeping an eye out for ideas!


  7. FictionFan
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 10:59:33

    I’m afraid I can only claim three – American Pastoral, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath. But my excuse is I’m a Brit 😉

    Why are there years when none were awarded, do you know?


  8. juriss99
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 13:06:24

    You got to start somewhere right? As for the years were none were awarded I think that sometimes there just isn’t a book that is worthy of the award so they don’t give one out.


  9. dianatierney3
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 23:55:11

    I have the same goal. I have read 12 so far, my absolute favorite so far are A Visit from the Goon Squad (I HIGHLY recommend it), the Interpreter of Maladies, and Middlesex. There are some really lovely books in this list


  10. caramac54
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 13:55:47

    So many amazing books to read, so little time! Good luck! I’m read bellow’s 1976 prize winner now.


    • juriss99
      Apr 30, 2013 @ 14:38:57

      Thank you! You are right, there is so much to read but at least we never have to worry about running out of material 🙂


  11. Ilene (BinkyBecky)
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 18:50:31

    Wow! What an ambitious undertaking! I’ve only read 5 on the list. I see you have The Color Purple – fantastic book! I’m going to see Alice Walker speak later this month. I’m so excited and will write a post about it. Additionally, I have family in the St. Louis area. I had no idea about the Bosnian population being so high. I’m so glad you found my blog and look forward to following each other’s reading journey…Ilene


    • juriss99
      Apr 30, 2013 @ 18:54:29

      Meeting Alice Walker would be so exciting. Looking forward to reading all about it! Thanks for stopping by.


  12. theirishlady
    May 02, 2013 @ 18:05:31

    In 1957, a Pulitzer Prize was awarded to John F. Kennedy for Profiles In Courage, Although a controversial book, I highly recommend it; furthermore, I think it should be mandatory reading for American History students and congress alike. Please consider it for your list. I would love to read your opinion. So pleased to find your blog and encouraged that a young lady is interested in literature. Notwithstanding the fact that not all prize winners should be considered “good literature”.


  13. E.K.M.
    May 03, 2013 @ 20:25:08

    Definitely read ‘The Road’ and ‘Beloved’ from this list – they’re just amazing! What a good idea to read Pulitzer Prize books, that’s definitely a good way to experience some incredible and controversial literature. Happy reading!


  14. explorenewness
    May 15, 2013 @ 08:58:03

    Thanks for the list! Fun challenge…I may try it too!


  15. Vishy
    May 18, 2013 @ 03:08:58

    Wonderful reading project, Sara! I have read four books from the list – ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Tinkers’. I have seen the movie version of ‘The Road’ and it was so bleak that I decided not to read the book. I want to read ‘The Age of Innocence’, ‘The Stories of John Cheever’, ‘The Color Purple’, ‘The Shipping News’ and ‘Middlesex’. Happy reading! Looking forward to following your Pulitzer prize reading adventures!


  16. Marty R.
    May 27, 2013 @ 14:48:58

    Hi Sara, thanks for reading my blog on Panama City. Good luck with your reading. I love to read and don’t do it enough.


  17. Richa Kedia
    May 29, 2013 @ 05:20:30

    I’ve read 3 books on this list but i would’ve read at least 1 book of each of the Nobel laureate authors!!


  18. jeberkman
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 11:35:03

    I”ve read 12 of these, and will follow your adventures!


  19. James Kennedy
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 22:27:14

    You’ve inspired me. I want to do this too. 🙂


  20. Office Diva
    Jun 07, 2013 @ 21:43:42

    Go, girl, go. Think of how transformed you will be after such an achievement! Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck!


  21. Browsing the Atlas
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 17:18:59

    Wow! I’ve read a lot more of these than I realized. But now that I have the whole list, I’ll have to read some of the ones I missed. Thanks.


  22. susanbright
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 18:20:06

    An ambitious goal. Best of luck!


  23. Monica
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 21:08:00

    What a great idea! I’m proud to say that I’ve read five and ashamed to say that there are so many more that I don’t even recognize. Looking forward to your success!


  24. ktfi
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 06:59:40

    Dear Sara, How fascinating to see the list in full like this, it really demonstrates changing tastes over time. A friend recently recommended Angle of Repose and I am ashamed to say I had never heard it it, but apparently it is brilliant. Must read!


  25. Girl with Thoughts, Beware
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 18:02:41

    Wow, bravo on tackling this list! I’ve only read 8 titles featured here. I absolutely loved “Middlesex” and I would be curious to know what you think of “A Visit to the Goon Squad”. Am dying to read “March” by Geraldine Brooks, too. Keep on readin’!


  26. Miranda A. Uyeh
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 03:00:18

    Hi Sara! Thanks for stopping by at my blog. I’m so glad I found yours. It’s always great to discover a fellow lover and blogger of books. I must say that I see great meaning in this project. I’m a writer as well and many times I’ve wondered what inspired the great works of all time and I’ve gone ahead to read some to find out for myself what makes these stories so great. It is such a fantastic idea. I do hope you blog about what you find unique with each book because some of us are listening–one of the reasons I’m following your blog 😉

    It was nice finding you Sara. Talk soon.


    • sarajurisic
      Jun 28, 2013 @ 06:52:52

      I was always told that a great writer is before all else a great reader 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by and I will make sure to give the best review of each book! Thanks for reading!


  27. Anant Prakash
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 23:06:24

    Hi Sara, i really liked your project. I always try to read something that can make me a good human being, an informed and educated one. In your list, i found some interesting titles and will order them soon. In between, can you tell me that you are planning to create a project for non-fiction Pulitzer as well or not?

    Please take me along with you if you are planning for the same. It will be an interesting ride. I just have bought “Ghost Wars” by Steve Coll.


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