2012普利策奖

【今年普利策奖评选过程中最引人瞩目的话题自然是普利策文学奖的空缺。对此结果,众说纷纭,各自都有不同的解读。毕竟,这是30多年来的又一次空缺。以下是来自USA TODAY一篇有关今年普利策奖相关情况的报道】

This Pulitzer race is one for the books: No fiction winner

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Pulitzer Prizes, announced Monday, is the fact that no novel was judged worthy of the $10,000 prize. It’s the first time since 1977 that has happened and the 11th time since Columbia University began the prestigious awards in 1917.

Don’t blame the three-person fiction jury: novelistMichael Cunningham and critics Maureen Corrigan andSusan Larson.

After reading 341 books, they nominated three titles to the 18 voting members of the Pulitzer board, which “could not determine a winner,” says Pulitzer Prizeadministrator Sig Gissler, who sits on the board. Its members include prominent journalists such as TheNew York Times‘ Thomas Friedman. Its only fiction writer is novelist Junot Diaz.

“None of the three books could get a majority of votes,” Gissler says.

Fiction jury’s nominees:

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, a novella set in the old American West.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, a debut novel set in the Florida Everglades about a failing theme park.

The Pale King by the late David Foster Wallace. Published after the author’s 2008 suicide, the novel is set in an IRS office.

Other category winners:

History: The late Manning Marable for Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The author, a Columbia University professor who had worked more than a decade on the biography, died of pneumonia last April, three days before the book was published.

Biography: John Lewis Gaddis for George F. Kennan: An American Life. An American diplomat, Kennan was a pivotal figure during the Cold War who advocated the policy of containing the Soviet Union.

Non-fiction: Stephen Greenblatt for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,which tells the story of a 15th-century book hunter who rescued classical manuscripts and influenced history. It previously had won the 2011 National Book Award for non-fiction.

Drama:Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, a play about a returning Iraq veteran in Philadelphia.

Poetry:Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith.

Music:Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis.

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