Who Are Some Pulitzer Prize Winners?


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Winners of the Pulitzer Prize include Cormac McCarthy, Sharon Olds, and the staff of the Boston Globe newspaper. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded in a number of categories, including journalistic reporting, poetry, music composition and literature.

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Who Are Some Pulitzer Prize Winners?
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Sharon Olds won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for "Stag's Leap," a book of poems centered on the theme of the poet's own divorce. Other recent winners in the poetry category include Vijay Seshadri for "3 Sections" in 2014 and Tracy K. Smith for "Life on Mars" in 2012.

Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer for Fiction in 2009 for his novel "The Road." "The Road" was also adapted into a feature-length film during the same year. The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction has also been awarded to Donna Tartt for "The Goldfinch" and to Anthony Doerr for "All the Light We Cannot See." In Breaking News Reporting, the staff of the Boston Globe won the 2014 prize for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The earliest Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in the Biography, Drama, History and Novel categories in 1917. The Prize has since branched out to include over 40 categories in writing, journalism and music. As of 2015 there are no set criteria for judging Pulitzer Prize winners and the judging process remains subjective.

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