Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

awarded since 1980.

 

2018 selection

Prairie Fires

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2018, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2017

by Caroline Fraser

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder,...


2002 selection

John Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2002

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough....


1997 selection

Angela's Ashes

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1997, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1996, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1996

by Frank McCourt

A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive...


1993 selection

Truman

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1993, Lionel Gelber Prize 1992

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s...


1967 selection

Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1967

by Justin Kaplan

Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America’s “Gilded Age,” comes alive in Justin Kaplan’s extraordinary biography.

With brilliant immediacy, Mr. Clemens...


1958 selection

Washington

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1958

by Douglas Southall Freeman

"Freeman's treatment of Washington as a Commander in Chief is virtually definitive" (The New York Times Book Review).

Washington is the most complete, definitive one-volume biography of George Washington ever...


1919 selection

The Education of Henry Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1919

by Henry Adams

The Education of Henry Adams records the struggle of Bostonian Henry Adams (1838-1918), in early old age, to come to terms with the dawning 20th century, so different from the world of his youth. It is also...