The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes

April 18, 2011 • 1:52 pm

Via the New York Times, here are the 2011 Pulitzers for Letters, Music, and Drama:

FICTION – “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)

DRAMA – “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris

HISTORY – “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” by Eric Foner (W. W. Norton & Company)

BIOGRAPHY – “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)

POETRY – “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems” by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)

GENERAL NONFICTION – “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)

MUSIC – “Madame White Snake’” by Zhou Long, premiered on Feb. 26, 2010, by the Boston Opera at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Oh dear, and I haven’t read any of the written stuff.  Have you?

15 thoughts on “The 2011 Pulitzer Prizes

  1. Oh dear, and I haven’t read any of the written stuff. Have you?

    Read, Hell — I haven’t even heard of any of it.

    Seriously — I saw the name of a playwright and did a double-take, wondering how a third-rate Evangelical action actor and martial “artist” could possibly win a Pulitzer….



  2. I just had the pleasure of seeing Eric Foner make a presentation about his book at the University of Edinburgh a couple weeks ago. He was actually a terrific speaker; very entertaining and informative! Civil War history isn’t really my thing, but if I were to buy a book on it, his would be my first stop.

  3. Read the fiction and the general non-fiction. I like this year’s pick in fiction much better than last year’s.

  4. I very much enjoyed “The Emperor of Maladies”, a nice mixture of history, science and personal experience.

  5. Kay Ryan’s poetry is great—precise, accessible poems that tend to be very short. She won for New and Selected Poems, but I prefer The Niagra River, which is from a few years ago.

  6. I’m in the midst of The Emperor of Maladies. Mukherjee is an excellent writer. He puts just the right touch on the subject, both informative from a laboratory scientist’s perspective, yet told with genuine empathy for both the patients and the doctors.

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