Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

awarded since 1980. The Novel category was re-named Fiction in 1947.

 

2016 selection

The Sympathizer: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016, Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2016, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2016, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 2015

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared...


2015 selection

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2015

by Anthony Doerr

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy...


2005 selection

Gilead

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2005, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2004

by Marilynne Robinson

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel

A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Nearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate...


2004 selection

The Known World

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2005, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2004, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2003

by Edward P. Jones

From Edward P. Jones comes one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory—winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

The Known World tells the story...


2003 selection

Middlesex

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2003

by Jeffrey Eugenides

A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage...


1999 selection

The Hours

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1999, PEN/Faulkner Award 1999

by Michael Cunningham

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare

The Hours tells the story of three...


1994 selection

The Shipping News

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1994, National Book Award for Fiction 1993

by Annie Proulx

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family.

Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with...


1993 selection

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1993

by Robert Olen Butler

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is Robert Olen Butler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of lyrical and poignant stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its enduring...


1986 selection

Lonesome Dove

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1986

by Larry Mcmurtry

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written...


1981 selection

A Confederacy of Dunces

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1981

by John Kennedy Toole & Walker Percy

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French...


1969 selection

House Made of Dawn

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1969

by N. Scott Momaday

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land

“Both a masterpiece about the universal human condition and a masterpiece of Native American literature. . . . A book everyone should...


1967 selection

The Fixer

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1967, National Book Award for Fiction 1967

by Bernard Malamud & Jonathan Safran Foer

The Fixer is the winner of the 1967 National Book Award for Fiction and the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Fixer (1966) is Bernard Malamud's best-known and most acclaimed novel -- one that makes manifest...


1953 selection

The Old Man and the Sea

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1953

by Ernest Hemingway

The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal:...


1939 selection

The Yearling

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1939

by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Patricia Reilly Giff

No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida...


1937 selection

Gone with the Wind

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1937

by Margaret Mitchell & Pat Conroy

Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel.

Widely...


1925 selection

So Big

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1925

by Edna Ferber

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"A masterpiece. . . . It has the completeness, [the] finality, that grips and exalts and convinces." — Literary Review

Widely regarded as the master work of celebrated author and...


1923 selection

One of Ours

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1923

by Willa Cather

Claude Wheeler craves excitement, far more than he can ever find as a farmer's son. He encounters more at university, where the modern world beyond farm life offers new thrills and challenges, only to lose them...

1922 selection

Alice Adams

1921 selection

The Age of Innocence

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1921

by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence centers on one society couple's impending marriage and the introduction of a scandalous woman whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the assumptions and mores...

1919 selection

The Magnificent Ambersons

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1919

by Newton Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington which won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize. It was the second novel in the Growth trilogy, which included The Turmoil (1915) and The Midlander (1923, retitled...

1918 selection

His Family