Monday, April 25, 2011
2011 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music
From left, Brendan Griffin, Christina Kirk Damon Gupton and Crystal Anne Dickinson in "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris. Picture:Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
From The New York Times:
FICTION: "A Visit from the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)
Ms. Egan, 48, was cited for fiction for her “inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed.”
DRAMA: "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris
“Clybourne Park,” a comedy about race relations inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun,” is set in the same house in Chicago in 1959 and 2009.
HISTORY: "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner (W. W. Norton & Company)
At a moment when attention is focused on the start of the Civil War 150 years ago, Dr. Foner, 68, was cited for “bringing unforeseeable twists and a fresh sense of improbability to a familiar story.”
BIOGRAPHY: "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
No American is so revered as George Washington, yet Mr. Chernow, 62, was troubled that “in recent years people had an image of Washington as wooden, bland and boring,” far from the “passionate, complex and sensitive man — dynamic and commanding and charismatic,” whose contemporaries viewed him as an authentic hero, the author said.
POETRY: "The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)
Ms. Ryan, 65, labored outside poetry’s mainstream for decades before she started gaining recognition for her sharp, aphoristic work, much of which is gathered in her eighth book. “I was trying to offer a review of a fairly long career that was not much remarked on for the first 25 years of it,” said Ms. Ryan, who last year was the 16th poet laureate of the United States. “My things are little, and it’s nice if you pile them up. It’s a bigger sock in the jaw.”
GENERAL NONFICTION: "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
Dr. Mukherjee, an oncologist and laboratory researcher in cancer at Columbia University, began taking notes years ago when he was working in Boston as a fellow in cancer medicine.
MUSIC: "Madame White Snake" by Zhou Long, premiered on February 26, 2010 by the Boston Opera the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
The Pulitzer committee described Mr. Zhou’s work as “a deeply expressive opera that draws on a Chinese folk tale to blend the musical traditions of the East and the West.”
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