Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, already among the most
popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize
for fiction. One of the country’s top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has
won his second Pulitzer, for The Internal Enemy — Slavery and War In
The Washington Post and the Guardian have won Pulitzer
Prizes in public service for revealing the massive U.S. government
The newspapers’ disclosures about the National Security
Agency’s spy programs show the U.S. government has collected information
about millions of Americans’ phone calls and emails based on its classified
interpretations of laws passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Boston Globe has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize in
breaking news, and The New York Times has won two Pulitzers in photography
categories — Tyler Hicks was honoured in the breaking news category for
documenting the Westgate mall terrorist attack in Kenya, and Josh Haner was
cited for his essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost his
The Center for Public Integrity won the award for
investigative reporting for reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a
system to deny benefits to coal miners suffering from black lung disease.
The Pulitzer for explanatory reporting was given to The
Washington Post for reporting on the prevalence of food stamps in America.
Annie Baker’s The Flick won the Pulitzer Prize for drama,
a play set in a movie theater that was called a “thoughtful drama with
well-crafted characters” which created “lives rarely seen on the stage”.
The award for general nonfiction went to Dan Fagin’s Toms
River, an acclaimed chronicle of industrial destruction in small New Jersey
community. Megan Marshall’s Margaret Fuller, about the 19th century
transcendentalist, won for biography; and Vijay Seshadri’s witty and
philosophical 3 Sections received the poetry prize.