The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

April 17, 2014

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Donna Tartt for her work Goldfinch. The committee described the book as “a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.” Goldfinch is Tartt’s third book, following the critically acclaimed Little Friend and her first novel, The Secret History. The fiction finalists were Philipp Meyer’s The Son and Bob Shacochis’s The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.

In poetry, Vijay Seshradi won for his collection 3 Sections. The finalists were The Sleep of Reason by Morri Creech and The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka. Seshradi teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and has received numerous grants and awards, including NEA and MacDowell Colony fellowships.

Winners in the other categories include Dan Fagin’s Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation in nonfiction, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor was the history winner, and Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall took the prize for biography. Winners receive $10,000 and a certificate at a luncheon at Columbia University. 

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