Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Pulitzer Project

The Pulitzer Fiction Challenge is the challenge that's closest to my heart. I think it's because my purpose is twofold: I want to read *and* own them all. I haven't taken stock in a while, so here goes:

2008-The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz read it/own it

2007-The Road - Cormac McCarthy read it/own it

2006-March - Geraldine Brooks read it/own it

2005- Gilead - Marilynne Robinson read it/own it

2004- The Known World - Edward P. Jones read it/own it

2003- Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides read it/own it

2002- Empire Falls - Richard Russo read it/own it

2001- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon read it/own it

2000- Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri haven't read yet/own it
.
1999- The Hours - Michael Cunningham read it/don't own it
.
1998-American Pastoral - Philip Roth haven't read yet/own it
.
1997-Martin Dressler: The Tale Of An American Dreamer - Steven Millhauser haven't read yet/own it
.
1996-Independence Day - Richard Ford read it/don't own it
.
1995-The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields read it/don't own it
.
1994-The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx read it/don't own it
.
1993- A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain - Robert Olen Butler haven't read yet/own it
.
1992-A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley read it/own it
.
1991-Rabbit At Rest - John Updike read it/don't own it
.
1990-The Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love - Oscar Hijuelos haven't read yet/own it
.
1989-Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler read it/don't own it/pine for it
.
1988-Beloved - Toni Morrison haven't read yet/own it
.
1987-A Summons To Memphis - Peter Taylor read it/own it
.
1986-Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry read it/own it/pray to it daily
.
1985-Foreign Affairs - Alison Lurie read it/don't own it
.
1984-Ironweed - William Kennedy read it/don't own it
.
1983-The Color Purple - Alice Walker read it/don't own it
.
1982-Rabbit Is Rich - John Updike read it/don't own it
.
1981-A Confederacy Of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole read it/don't own it
.
1980-The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer read it/own it
.
1979-The Stories Of John Cheever - John Cheever haven't read yet/own it
.
1978-Elbow Room - James McPherson haven't read yet/don't own
.
1977-No Award Given
.
1976-Humboldt's Gift -Saul Bellow haven't read yet/own it
.
1975-The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara read it/don't own it
.
1974- No Award Given
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1973-The Optimist's Daughter - Eudora Welty haven't read yet/own it
.
1972-Angle Of Repose - Wallace Stegner read it/possibly lost it
.
1971-No Award Given
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1970-Collected Stories of Jean Stafford - Jean Stafford haven't read yet/don't own
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1969-House Made of Dawn - N. Scott Momaday haven't read yet/don't own
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1968-The Confessions Of Nat Turner - William Styron haven't read yet/own it
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1967-The Fixer - Bernard Malamud haven't read yet/don't own it
.
1966-Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter - Katherine Anne Porter read it/don't own it
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1965-The Keepers Of The House - Shirley Ann Grau haven't read yet/don't own it
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1964-No Award Given
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1963-The Reivers - William Faulkner haven't read yet/don't own it
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1962-The Edge Of Sadness - Edwin O'Connor haven't read yet/don't own it
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1961-To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee read it/don't own it
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1960-Advise and Consent - Alan Drury haven't read yet/don't own it
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1959-The Travels of Jaime McPheeters - Taylor haven't read yet/don't own it
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1958-A Death In The Family - James Agee read it/don't own it
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1957-No Award Given
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1956-Andersonville - MacKinlay Kantor read it/own it
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1955-A Fable - William Faulkner haven't read yet/don't own it
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1954-No Award Given
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1953-The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway read it/don't own it
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1952-The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk haven't read yet/don't own it
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1951-The Town - Conrad Richter read it/own it
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1950-The Way West - A.B. Guthrie haven't read yet/don't own it
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1949-Guard of Honor - James Gould Cozzens haven't read yet/don't own it
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1948-Tales Of The South Pacific - James A. Michener haven't read yet/don't own it
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1947-All The King's Men - Robert Penn Warren haven't read yet/own it
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1946-No Award Given
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1945-A Bell For Adano - John Hersey haven't read yet/don't own it
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1944-Journey In The Dark -Flavin haven't read yet/don't own it
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1943-Dragon's Teeth - Upton Sinclair haven't read yet/don't own it
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1942-In This Our Life - Ellen Glasgow haven't read yet/don't own it
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1941-No Award Given
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1940-The Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck read it/don't own it
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1939-The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings read it/own it
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1938-The Late George Apley - John P. Marquand haven't read yet/own it
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1937-Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell read it/own it/burn incense before it
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1936-Honey In The Horn - Davis haven't read yet/don't own it
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1935-Now In November - Josephine Winslow Johnson haven't read yet/don't own it
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1934-Lamb In His Bosom - Caroline Miller read it/don't own it
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1933-The Store - Thomas Stribling haven't read yet/don't own it
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1932-The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck read it/own it
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1931-Years Of Grace -Margaret Anne Barnes haven't read yet/don't own it
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1930-Laughing Boy - LaFarge read it/don't own it
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1929-Scarlet Sister Mary - Julia Peterkin haven't read yet/don't own it
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1928-The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder haven't read yet/own it
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1927-Early Autumn - Louis Bromfield haven't read yet/don't own it
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1926-Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis read it/own it
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1925-So Big -Edna Ferber read it/don't own it
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1924-The Able McLaughlins - Wilson haven't read yet/don't own it
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1923-One Of Ours - Willa Cather haven't read yet/own it
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1922-Alice Adams - Booth Tarkington haven't read yet/don't own it
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1921-The Age Of Innocence - Edith Wharton haven't read yet/own it
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1920-No Award Given
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1919-The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington haven't read yet/own it
.
1918-His Family - Ernest Poole haven't read yet/don't own it

Pulitzer Fiction winners total: 82
Pulitzer Fiction winners I've read: 39
Pulitzer Fiction winners I own: 35

I'm pleased with my progress on both fronts, but I've still got a long way to go!

13 comments:

Lezlie said...

The Yearling is my permanent road block to ever reading this entire list. I still cry over Where The Red Fern Grows! No way am I touching The Yearing. Nice job on your project though!!

Lezlie

ambearo said...

Impressive!

bkclubcare said...

awesome. APPLAUSE!

Sam Sattler said...

Almost half way there in both "reading" and "owning." When you finish, that will really be something to brag about in a special posting.


What's the deal in the years in which no award was given? Did the committee actually decide that NO book was good enough?

Bybee said...

Lezlie,
Get those aloe tissues and crack open The Yearling. It's wonderful.

Ambearo and Care,
Thank you!

Sam,
I don't know why no award some years. Maybe deadlock? They seem to have gotten over that...steady awarding since the late 70s. Maybe there were a lot of opposing personalities on the committee, especially during the 60s.

Bybee said...

I meant to say the 70s....

booklineandsinker said...

wow...you sure have read a bunch of these! i have read several of the books listed and was reminded of some titles that i have wanted to read but keep forgetting about! thanks for the reminder.

Holly said...

I loved some of the most recent ones. Wao, Middlesex, The Road. All excellent!

Jessica said...

You can get "His Family," "The Magnificent Ambersons," and "The Age of Innocence" in electronic format online for free if they are hard to track down. I am starting at the "historic" end of the list and I've really enjoyed those three.

Good luck!

Bybee said...

booklineandsinker,
Happy to help!

Holly,
I was really impressed with Oscar Wao.

Jessica,
My madness has taken a turn...I want to own a hard copy of all of them.

Susan said...

"My madness has taken a turn" LOL there is nothing like owning books, is there? and owning all the Pulitzer Prizes is a worthy challenge, I think! *More applause*
I'm impressed with all you've read, too! Much much more impressive than my total in this category....er...I'm not even sure what it is. I know I own a copy of The Optimist's Daughter, though! :-D

mee said...

That's an amazing stats! Perhaps you can make a comment about which of the Pulitzer books you'd highly recommend (sorry if you already have and I miss it). I'd love to read more of Pulitzer winners, just the list is too overwhelming and I don't know where to start from (especially for older winners).

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