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Originally established in 1917 by provisions in the will of Joseph Pulitzer, the Pulitzer Prize is a yearly award for achievements in writing and music over 21 categories. Works must be entered to be considered, and may be considered for up to two categories.

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the original Pulitzers included in the program's inauguration, though no prize for Novel was awarded until 1918.

The Hours: A Novel

Michael Cunningham · Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition
Pages: 230
Format: Hardcover

A daring, deeply affecting third novel by the author of A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood. In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group...
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American Pastoral

Philip Roth · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 423
Format: Print book

American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall - of a strong, confident master of social equilibrium overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. Seymour "Swede" Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous...
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The Stone Diaries

Carol Shields · Penguin Books
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback

From her calamitous 1905 birth in Manitoba to her journey with her father to Indiana, throughout her years as a wife, mother, and widow, Daisy Stone Goodwill struggles to understand her place in her own life. Now, in old age, Daisy attempts to tell her life story within a novel that is itself...
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A Thousand Acres

Jane Smiley · Knopf
Format: Book

Aging Larry Cook announces his intention to turn over his 1,000-acre farm—one of the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa—to his three daughters, Caroline, Ginny, and Rose. A man of harsh sensibilities, he carves Caroline out of the deal because she has the nerve to be less than...

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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Oscar Hijuelos · Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Format: Book

It's 1949. Two young Cuban musicians make their way up from Havana to the grand stage of New York. It is the era of the mambo, and Castillo brothers, workers by day, become by night stars of the dance halls, where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous, pulsing music that earns...

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Beloved

Toni Morrison · Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Toni Morrison--author of Song of Solomon and Tar Baby--is a writer of remarkable powers: her novels, brilliantly acclaimed for their passion, their dazzling language and their lyric and emotional force, combine the unassailable truths of experience and emotion with the vision of legend...
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Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry · Simon and Schuster
Pages: 843
Format: Print book

Set in the late 19th century, Lonesome Dove is an adventurous story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. The narrative centers around two friends: Augustus McCrae, a reluctant rancher who has a way with women, and W. F. Call, whose talent for leadership conceals a secret sorrow. For Gus,...
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The Color Purple

Alice Walker · Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1st edition
Pages: 245
Format: Book

Winner of the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, "The Color Purple" established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. Her unforgettable portrait of Celie and her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable...

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A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole · Louisiana State University Press; 1st edition
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover

A spectacular, Pultizer Prize-winning novel by a master of comedy, beloved by readers and critics alike. The place is the French Quarter, the characters, denizens of New Orleans's lower depths.
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The Killer Angels

Michael Shaara · Ballantine Books
Format: Book

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more...

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House Made of Dawn

N. Scott Momaday · RecordedBooks
Format: Audiobook

House Made of Dawn was the first novel by a Native American to win the Pulitzer Prize and remains a classic of contemporary literature. It will carry you to the mysterious, magnificent heart of the American Southwest, and to the soul of its ancient native people. With a powerful prose,...
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee · Grand Central Publishing
Format: Paperback

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made...
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The Old Man and The Sea

Ernest Hemingway · Scribner
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.

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