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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: Personal History (Vintage)|
by Katharine Graham
In lieu of an unrevealing Famous-People-I-Have-Known autobiography, the owner of the Washington Post has chosen to be remarkably candid about the insecurities prompted by remote parents and a difficult marriage to the charismatic, manic-depressive Phil Graham, who ran the newspaper her father acquired. Katharine`s account of her years as subservient daughter and wife is so painful that by the time she finally asserts herself at the Post following Phil`s suicide in 1963 (more than halfway through the book), readers will want to cheer. After that, Watergate is practically an anticlimax.Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography (including the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and the pressmen`s strike), with acuity, humor,... Read more...
| Drama: The Mammary Plays : How I Learned to Drive and The Mineo...|
by Paula Vogel
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Read more...
| Fiction: American Pastoral|
by Philip Roth
Philip Roth`s 22nd book takes a life-long view of the American experience in this thoughtful investigation of the century`s most divisive and explosive of decades, the `60s. Returning again to the voice of his literary alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, Roth is at the top of his form. His prose is carefully controlled yet always fresh and intellectually subtle as he reconstructs the halcyon days, circa World War II, of Seymour "the Swede" Levov, a high school sports hero and all-around Great Guy who wants nothing more than to live in tranquillity. But as the Swede grows older and America crazier, history sweeps his family inexorably into its grip: His own daughter, Merry, commits an unpardonable act of "protest" against the Vietnam war that ultima... Read more...
| General NonFiction: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human S...|
by Jared Diamond
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist`s answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. A global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human developme... Read more...
| History: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America`s Co...|
by Edward J. Larson
If you haven`t seen the film version of Inherit the Wind, you might have read it in high school. And even people who have never heard of either the movie or the play probably know something about the events that inspired them: The 1925 Scopes "monkey trial," during which Darwin`s theory of evolution was essentially put on trial before the nation. Inherit the Wind paints a romantic picture of John Scopes as a principled biology teacher driven to present scientific theory to his students, even in the teeth of a Tennessee state law prohibiting the teaching of anything other than creationism. The truth, it turns out, was something quite different. In his fascinating history of the Scopes trial, Summer for the Gods, Edward J... Read more...
| Poetry: Black Zodiac: Poems|
by Charles Wright
"Time and light are the same thing somewhere behind our backs," Charles Wright supposes in "Meditation on Form and Measure." That`s just one line from one poem in this fine collection, but it goes a long way toward capturing the flavor of the project. These poems are investigations into the Big Truths, but they`re carried out with a subtle sense of mischief as well as reverence. Poetry refers to the "sheer wisdom" in Wright`s work, and Helen Vendler writes that he "never ceases to astonish."
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award Read more...
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