The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 20, and Anthony Doerr’s stirring novel of life during wartime, All the Light We Cannot See, was awarded the coveted Prize for Fiction. On bestowing the award, the Pulitzer Prize Board stated that Mr. Doerr’s work was “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”
All the Light We Cannot See has been a staunch public favorite, spending 38 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list and 46 weeks (and counting) on the USA Today bestseller list, with over 1.6 million copies in circulation (hardcover and e-book) – and this even before the scheduled summer of 2016 paperback release. The novel has been shortlisted for many literary awards including the National Book Award (Phil Klay’s work Redeployment took home that prize), and was named one of the 10 best books of 2014 by The New York Times.
About the Pulitzer’s themselves: 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.
A complete list of literary works winning this year’s Pulizters in the “Letters and Drama” category include:
- Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Drama: “Between Riverside and Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis
- History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn
- Biography: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer
- Poetry: Digest by Gregory Pardlo
- General Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Congratulations to Mr. Doerr and all the Pulitzer winners!