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THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS - 1992
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|Annual awards by Columbia University. Prizes in Letters are for books published in the US - fiction, biography, general non-fiction, history and poetry.|
| Biography: Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller,...|
by Lewis B. Puller
Son of the famous World War II Marine commander "Chesty" Puller, Lewis Puller proudly followed in his father`s footsteps. It was his misfortune, though, to serve in Vietnam in a war that brought not honor but contempt, and exacted a brutal personal price: Puller lost both legs, one hand, and most of his buttocks and stomach. Years later he was functional enough to run for Congress, bitterly denouncing the war. He lost, became an alcoholic, and almost died again. Then he climbed out of that circle of Hell to write this searingly graphic autobiography, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. One last poignant postscript: three years after the enormous success of this book, the author killed himself.Lewis B. Puller, Jr.`s memoir is a moving story ... Read more...
| Drama: Kentucky Cycle|
by Robert Schenkkan
The graduating seniors of a Seven Sisters college, trying to decide whether to pattern themselves after Katharine Hepburn or Emily Dickinson. Two young women besieged by the demands of mothers, lovers, and careers—not to mention a highly persistent telephone answering machine—as they struggle to have it all. A brilliant feminist art historian trying to keep her bearings and her sense of humor on the elevator ride from the radical sixties to the heartless eighties.—manage to engage us heart, mind, and soul on such a deep and lasting level that they are already recognized as classics of the modern theater. Read more...
| Fiction: Thousand Acres|
by Jane Smiley
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 enthusiastic about her father`s generosity. While Larry Cook deteriorates into a pathetic drunk, his daughters are left to cope with the often grim realities of life on a family farm--from battering husbands to cutthroat lenders. In this winner of the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Smiley captures the essence of such a life with stark, painful detail. "BRILLIANT . . . A THRILLING WORK OF ART."Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Read more...
| General NonFiction: The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money ,...|
by Daniel Yergin
Daniel Yergin`s first prize-winning book, Shattered Peace, was a history of the Cold War. Afterwards the young academic star joined the energy project of the Harvard Business School and wrote the best-seller Energy Future. Following on from there, The Prize, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, is a comprehensive history of one of the commodities that powers the world--oil. Founded in the 19th century, the oil industry began producing kerosene for lamps and progressed to gasoline. Huge personal fortunes arose from it, and whole nations sprung out of the power politics of the oil wells. Yergin`s fascinating account sweeps from early robber barons like John D. Rockefeller, to the oil crisis of the 1970s, through to the G... Read more...
| History: The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberti...|
by Mark E. Neely
If Abraham Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, he was also the only president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Indeed, Lincoln`s record on the Constitution and individual rights has fueled a century of debate, from charges that Democrats were singled out for harrassment to Gorethe original sources, The Fate of Liberty offers a vivid picture of the crises and chaos of a nation at war with itself, changing our understanding of this president and his most controversial policies. Read more...
| Poetry: Selected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry)|
by James Tate
A selection representative of 25 years of work and nine books, from Lost Pilot (1967) through Reckoner (1986), these poems showcase Tate`s talent for surreal entertainment that reveals an underlying serious point. He writes: "I am surrounded by the pieces of this huge/puzzle: here`s a piece I call my wife, and/ here`s an odd one I call convictions, here`s/ conventions, here`s collisions, conflagrations . . . " In such high comedy Tate leaves lingering questions about the problems of existence, while leaving too a smile on the reader`s face. The book won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.The Selected Poems James Tate`s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection and his first British publication, gathers work from nine previous books, from the Lost P... Read more...
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