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Women and the Pulitzer
The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
The Pulitzer Prize in the Novel category (changed to Fiction in 1948 to include short stories) was first awarded in 1918. Since then, only 30 women have won this particular award, in contrast to over double that amount of male winners. The first woman to win was Edith Wharton in 1921 with The Age of Innocence; the most recent has been Louise Erdrich in 2021 with The Night Watchman. For other award winners and categories, please visit the official Pulitzer Winners page.
The Night Watchman: A Novel
Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an 'emancipation' bill; but it isn't about freedom - it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity.
Call Number: Fict Erd
The coming-of-age story of Theo Decker who loses his mother while he manages to survive.
Call Number: *print copy available in large print, LT Fict Tar *
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Woven together are the lives of Sasha and record exec Bennie along with others and the music.
Call Number: Fict Ega
Publication Date: 2010-06-08ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Olive hates changes in the world but does not always acknowledge them in those closest to her.
Call Number: Fict Str
Publication Date: 2008-09-30ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The telling of a family's story from the 1900s back to the Civil War and their struggles fought.
Call Number: Fict Rob
Publication Date: 2004-11-19
Interpreter of Maladies: Stories
A collection of short stories set in India and the U.S. full of experiences that are relatable to all.
Call Number: Fict Lah Pb
Publication Date: 2000-05-22ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The Stone Diaries
The life story of Daisy Stone Goodwill and her awakening to events from her own existence.
Call Number: Fict Shi
Publication Date: 2008-09-30
The Shipping News
Quoyle moves to Newfoundland, where he rebuilds both his life and his understanding of love.
Call Number: Fict Pro
Publication Date: 1999-05-10
A Thousand Acres: A Novel
When Caroline denies her father’s gift of land, it sets off an angry string of family incidents.
Call Number: Fict Smi
Publication Date: 2003-12-02ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Breathing Lessons: A Novel
Ira and Maggie…have a chance to review their lives and reaffirm [their love and] marriage.
Call Number: Fict Tyl
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Sethe is tormented by memories of her past as a slave and the loss of her unnamed child.
Call Number: Fict Mor
Publication Date: 2006-10-17ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The Color Purple
Explores the harrowing existence of black women living in the American South in the '30s.
Call Number: Fict Wal
Publication Date: 1992-05-22ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The Optimist's Daughter
Laurel goes home to New Orleans to care for her father and ends up revisiting her past.
Call Number: Fict Wel
Publication Date: 1990-08-11
The Collected Stories
*** The original work was The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter; the version shown has the addition of “Essays, Reviews, & Other Writings”
Call Number: Fict Por
Publication Date: 1979-09-19
The Keepers of the House: A Novel
A long-kept family secret arises, leading to communal punishment for Abigail Howland.
Call Number: Fict Gra
Publication Date: 2003-11-11
To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout grows up in Jim Crow Alabama and looks on as her lawyer father defends a black man.
Call Number: Fict Lee
A fawn touches the lives of Jody and his family, ultimately helping them through hardship.
Call Number: J Fict Raw
* J Fict titles are on the ground floor *
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
Gone with the Wind
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.
Call Number: Fict Mit
Publication Date: 2011-05-03ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eAudiobook
The Good Earth
Wang Lung is rewarded for his humane kindness when drought and riots hang over China.
Call Number: Fict Buc
Publication Date: 2004-09-15
The account of Selina Peake DeJong in early 1900s Chicago and her story of overcoming.
Call Number: Fict Fer
Publication Date: 2010-06-15
One of Ours
Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist of this beautifully written Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his parents, all but rejected by his wife, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to.
Call Number: * this title is available at SSPL in large print as well as part of an anthology of Cather's works *
Fict Cat, LT Fict Cat
Publication Date: 1987-01-01
The Age of Innocence
Archer must decide between his fiancée and the Countess who comes with dreadful scandal.
Call Number: Fict Wha - LOST* available in large print, LT Fict Wha *
Female Winners from Other Years
Ask at the Reference Desk (ext. 304)
or the Information Desk (ext. 210)
to see if a copy can be located
through Interlibrary Loan!
by Geraldine Brooks
Year Won: 2006
by Alison Lurie
Year Won: 1985
The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
by Jean Stafford
Year Won: 1970
In This Our Life
by Ellen Glasgow
Year Won: 1942
Now in November
by Josephine Winslow Johnson
Year Won: 1935
Lamb in His Bosom
by Caroline Miller
Year Won: 1934
Years of Grace
by Margaret Ayer Barnes
Year Won: 1931
Scarlet Sister Mary
by Julia Peterkin
Year Won: 1929
The Able McLaughlins
by Margaret Wilson
Year Won: 1924