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THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS - 2004
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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: Khrushchev: The Man and His Era|
by William Taubman
The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who succeeded and denounced Stalin. This is the first comprehensive biography of Khrushchev and the first of any Soviet leader to reflect the full range of sources that have become available since the USSR collapsed. Combining a page-turning historical narrative with penetrating political and psychological analysis, this book brims with the life and excitement of a man whose story personified his era. 32 pages of photographs, map. Read more...
| Drama: I Am My Own Wife: A Play|
by Doug Wright
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Read more...
| Fiction: The Known World|
by Edward P. Jones
Set in Manchester County, Virginia, 20 years before the Civil War began, Edward P. Jones`s debut novel, The Known World, is a masterpiece of overlapping plot lines, time shifts, and heartbreaking details of life under slavery. Caldonia Townsend is an educated black slaveowner, the widow of a well-loved young farmer named Henry, whose parents had bought their own freedom, and then freed their son, only to watch him buy himself a slave as soon as he had saved enough money. Although a fair and gentle master by the standards of the day, Henry Townsend had learned from former master about the proper distance to keep from one`s property. After his death, his slaves wonder if Caldonia will free them. When she fails to do so, but instead bre... Read more...
| General NonFiction: Gulag: A History|
by Anne Applebaum
The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Applebaum intimately re-creates what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the hist... Read more...
| History: A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in ...|
by Steven Hahn
| Poetry: Walking to Martha`s Vineyard|
by Franz Wright
In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the “Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window,” he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding “what death . . . There is only / mine / or yours,– / but the world / will be filled with the living.” In prayerlike poems he invokes the one “who spoke the world / into being” and celebrates a dazzling universe–snowflakes descending at nightfall, the intense yellow petals of the September sunflower, the planet adrift in a blizzard of stars, the simple mystery of loving other people. As Wright overcomes a natural tendency towar... Read more...
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