2012 Pultizer Prize Winners: Letters, Drama and Music

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced on April 16th, 2012. To the surprise of many, no award was given in the fiction category. Links to a selection of recent news articles published about the decision not to choose a winner from the 3 finalists (Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf); and The Pale King by the late David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown and Company)) are listed below along with the complete listing of winners in the Letters, Drama, and Music categories.

Fiction: No Award

New York Times, News: Publishing Is Cranky Over Snub by Pulitzers By Julie Bosman

New York Times, Opinion: And the Winner Isn’t … By Ann Patchett

Huffington Post: And the Winner Is — Nobody by Joel Conarroe

The Economist Blog: The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – Nobody wins


Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable

Biography or Autobiography

George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)


Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)

General Nonfiction

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton & Company)


Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts by Kevin Puts (Aperto Press)


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