The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded annually for achievement in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition in the United States. They were established in 1917 by provisions in the will of Hungarian born Joseph Pulitzer, the esteemed publisher of the New York World and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They are administered by Columbia University.
This year, first time novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen has won the Pulitzer for Fiction for his debut novel, The Sympathizer, which, according to its publisher, Grove Press, “is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.”
It rose above other meritorious works such as Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, Nell Zink’s Mislaid and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, and finalists Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link and Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble.
Fans of the incredibly popular Broadway musical Hamilton are also celebrating Monday’s announcement, as Lin-Manuel Miranda was awarded the Pulitzer for Best Drama, which honors “a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.” Mr. Miranda was also a finalist for a Pulitzer in 2009, for his show In The Heights. Other finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer for Drama include Gloria, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and The Humans, by Stephen Karam.
Here is a complete rundown of all the Pulitzer Prize winning works for 2016:
LETTERS, DRAMA AND MUSIC
- Fiction – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Drama – Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
- History – Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles
- Biography – Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
- Poetry – Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian
- Nonfiction – Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
- Music – In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill
- Public Service – Associated Press
- Breaking News Reporting – Los Angeles Times Staff
- Investigative Reporting – Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier of the Tampa Bay Times and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- Explanatory Reporting – T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project
- Local Reporting – Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner of the Tampa Bay Times
- National Reporting – The Washington Post Staff
- International Reporting – Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times
- Feature Writing – Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker
- Commentary – Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe
- Criticism – Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker
- Editorial Writing – John Hackworth of Sun Newspapers, Charlotte Harbor, FL
- Editorial Cartooning – Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee
- Breaking News Photography – Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times and Photography Staff of Thomson Reuters
- Feature Photography – Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe
Congratulations to the Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists for 2016!