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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: God: A Biography (Vintage)|
by Jack Miles
Is it possible to approach God not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world`s greatest book -- as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and ambiguities of a Hamlet? How does he depend on the other characters, and how does his relationship with them show his development? Miles provides a learned, original exegesis that will send readers back to the Bible in curious amazement. Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for biography.What sort of "person" is God? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world`s greatest book--as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? In this "brilliant, audac... Read more...
| Drama: Rent|
by Jonathan Larson
This is by far the must-get theater book of the year. With dazzling punk graphics that will quickly win book industry awards, the volume contains the entire libretto of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about love and loyalty among starving AIDS-stricken artists in New York`s East Village. But editors Evelyn McDonnell and Katherine Silberger wisely understand that the story of the show`s creation is as compelling as the musical itself--so more than half of this volume is devoted to an oral history of the composer/lyricist/librettist Jonathan Larson, who came to New York hoping to revolutionize musical theater--then died of an aortic aneurysm the night of the show`s final preview. It`s an event book for an event musical.In these pages, ... Read more...
| Fiction: Independence Day|
by Richard Ford
Another title for Ford`s 1996 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel might be "The Return of Frank Bascombe." Bascombe, in this sequel to Ford`s 10-year-old The Sportswriter, comes close to taking his place with John Updike`s Rabbit Angstrom in the pantheon of confused white middle-class American literary protagonists. At age 44 he has entered what Bascombe calls "the Existence Period, the high-wire act of normalcy, the part that comes after the big struggle which led to the big blowup." Bascombe`s almost comic indecisiveness has led to the breakup of his marriage, a detached, wary affair, and an achingly fragile relationship with his troubled teenage son, Paul. Ford details Bascombe`s Fourth of July weekend in leisurely, measured prose, crafting sce... Read more...
| General NonFiction: The Haunted Land: Facing Europe`s Ghosts Af...|
by Tina Rosenberg
In three newly democratic countries in Eastern Europe (East Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland), communism`s former victims and jailers are struggling to make sense of their history - and sometimes rewrite it. In this groundbreaking, stylishly reported book, a journalist travels across the battlefields of memory and asks: Who is guilty? How shall they be punished? And who is qualified to judge them in states where almost every citizen was an accomplice? Seeking the hard answers to these questions, Tina Rosenberg tells of conscience and complicity, courage and optimism. Winner of the National Book Award for Non-fiction.The Pulitzer Prize-winning look at the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe Read more...
| History: William Cooper`s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Fro...|
by Alan Taylor
In 1786 William Cooper, determined to become a self-made gentleman of substance in post-revolutionary America, founded Cooperstown, N.Y., through a dodgy land deal. His town rose to become county seat, and Cooper became a judge and then a congressman. He lost most of the prestige he earned later, when he overstretched himself, and his local patronage weakened when he backed the Federalists against the victorious Republicans. Nonetheless, his son, James Fenimore Cooper, the early 19th century`s best-selling novelist, wrote essentially a justification of his father in his third novel, The Pioneers (1823). Taylor`s book--a combination of biography, personal history, social history, literary exegesis and analysis of father-son dynamics--charts ... Read more...
| Poetry: Dream Of The Unified Field|
by Jorie Graham
This collection of Jorie Graham`s poetry spans twenty years of writing with selections from her five previous volumes of poetry, including Erosion and Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Read more...
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