Pulitzer Prize Short List


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YearBiographyGeneral Non-FictionHistoryFictionPoetryMusicDrama
1980
The Duke of Deception
Geoffrey Wolff
Random House
Being Bernard Berenson
Meryle Secrest
Bernard Berenson, The Making of a Connoisseur
Ernest Samuels
Belknap-Harvard
The Medusa and the Snail
Lewis Thomas
Viking
The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
Yale
The Urban Crucible
Gary B. Nash
Harvard
The Plains Across
John B. Unruh
Illinois
Birdy
William Wharton
Knopf
The Ghost Writer
Philip Roth
Farrar, Straus
Selected Poems (1980H)
Richard Hugo
Norton
Goshawk, Antelope
Dave Smith
University of Illinois
Quintets for Orchestra
Lukas Foss
After the Butterfly
Morton Subotnick
1981
Walt Whitman: A Life
Justin Kaplan
Simon & Schuster
Walter Lippmann and the American Century
Ronald Steel
Atlantic-Little, Brown
China Men
Maxine Hong Kingston
Knopf
Southerners: A Journalist's Odyssey
Marshall Frady
New American Library
Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
William Manchester
Little, Brown
Over Here: The First World War and American Society
David M. Kennedy
Oxford
A Search for Power: The 'Weaker Sex' in Seventeenth Century New England
Lyle Koehler
Illinois
Godric
Frederick Buechner
Atheneum
So Long, See You Tomorrow
William Maxwell
Knopf
Selected Poems (1981)
Mark Strand
Atheneum
The Right Madness on Skye
Richard Hugo
Norton
1982
Waldo Emerson
Gay Wilson Allen
Viking
Mornings on Horseback
David McCullough
Simon & Schuster
Basin and Range
John McPhee
Farrar, Straus
Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor
Diana Trilling
Harcourt Brace
Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1945
Akira Iriye
Harvard University Press
White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American & South African History
George M. Frederickson
Oxford University Press
A Flag for Sunrise
Robert Stone
Knopf
Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Straus
The Southern Cross
Charles Wright
Random House
Dream Flights
Dave Smith
University of Illinois
1983
Thomas E. Dewey and His Times
Richard Norton Smith
Simon & Schuster
Churchill: Young Man in a Hurry, 1874-1915
Ted Morgan
Simon & Schuster
The Fate of the Earth
Jonathan Schell
Knopf
Terrorists and Novelists
Diane Johnson
Knopf
Southern Honor: Ethics & Behavior in the Old South
Bertram Wyatt-Brown
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789
Robert L. Middlekauff
Oxford University Press
Rabbis and Wives
Chaim Grade
Knopf
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Anne Tyler
Knopf
Monolithos, Poems, 1962 and 1982
Jack Gilbert
Knopf
Country Music, Selected Early Poems
Charles Wright
Wesleyan University Press
Drama for Orchestra
Vivian Fine
True West
Sam Shepard
1984
Thomas Carlyle: A Biography
Fred Kaplan
Cornell University Press
Black Apollo of Science: the Life of Ernest Everett Just
Kenneth Manning
Oxford University Press
Wild Justice
Susan Jacoby
Harper & Row
Conversations With the Enemy
Winston Groom and Duncan Spencer
Putnam
Cathedral
Raymond Carver
Knopf
The Feud
Thomas Berger
Delacorte
Collected Poems, 1930-1982
Josephine Miles
University of Illinois
Weather-Fear: New and Selected Poems
John Engels
University of Georgia
Piano Concerto
Peter Lieberson
Fool for Love
Sam Shepard
Painting Churches
Tina Howe
1985
The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton
Michael Mott
Houghton Mifflin
Becoming William James
Howard M. Feinstein
Cornell University Press
Dawn to the West
Donald Keene
Holt, Rinehart
Endless Enemies
Jonathan Kwitny
Congdon & Weed
The Crucible of Race
Joel Williamson
Oxford University Press
The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians
Francis Paul Prucha
University of Nebraska
Leaving the Land
Douglas Unger
Harper & Row
I Wish This War Were Over
Diana O'Hehir
Atheneum
Ground Work
Robert Duncan
New Directions
The Other Side of the River
Charles Wright
Random House
Songs of Innocence and Experience, a Musical Illumination of the Poems of William Blake
William Bolcom
The Dining Room
A.R. Gurney Jr.
The Gospel at Colonus
by conceived, adapted and directed by Lee Breuer, music composed, arranged and directed by Bob Telson
1986
George Washington Williams: A Biography
John Hope Franklin
University of Chicago Press
A Hidden Childhood: A Jewish Girl's Sanctuary in a French Convent, 1942-1945
Frida Scheps Weinstein
Hill and Wang
Habits and the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life
Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton
University of California Press
Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America
Kerby A. Miller
Oxford University Press
Novus Ordo Seclorum: the Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
Forrest McDonald
University Press of Kentucky
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present
Jacqueline Jones
Basic Books
Continental Drift
Russell Banks
Harper & Row
The Accidental Tourist
Anne Tyler
Alfred A. Knopf
Saints and Strangers
Andrew Hudgins
Houghton Mifflin
Selected Poems, 1963-1983
Charles Simic
George Braziller
Symphony No. 5
George Rochberg
1987
Murrow: His Life and Times
A.M. Sperber
Freundlich Books
Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865
Joseph Frank
Princeton University Press
The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams
Leonard L. Richards
Oxford University Press
Rising from the Plains
John McPhee
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir
Cyra McFadden
Alfred A. Knopf
Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945
David Eisenhower
Random House
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
David J. Garrow
William Morrow
Whites
Norman Rush
Alfred A. Knopf
Paradise (1986)
Donald Barthelme
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Unending Blues
Charles Simic
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
The Selected Poetry of Hayden Carruth
Hayden Carruth
Macmillan
Flower of the Mountain
Stephen Albert
Broadway Bound
Neil Simon
A Walk in the Woods
Lee Blessing
1988
Hemingway
Kenneth S. Lynn
Simon and Schuster
George Santayana: A Biography
John McCormick
Alfred a. Knopf
Chaos: Making a New Science
James Gleick
Viking
Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society
Daniel Callahan
Simon and Schuster
The Fall of the House of Labor
David Montgomery
Cambridge University Press
The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System
Charles E. Rosenberg
Basic Books
Persian Nights
Diane Johnson
Alfred A. Knopf
That Night
Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Flesh and Blood
C.K. Williams
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980
Lucille Clifton
BOA Editions
Concerto For String Quartet and Orchestra
Gunther Schuller
Talk Radio
Eric Bogosian
Boy's Life
Howard Korder
1989
Freud: A Life For Our Time
Peter Gay
W.W. Norton
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Neil Sheehan
Random House
The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II, 1941-1967: I Dream a World
Arnold Rampersad
Oxford University Press
The Last Farmer
Howard Kohn
Summit Books
Danger and Survival
McGeorge Bundy
Random House
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Timothy Ferris
William Morrow and Company
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
Eric Foner
Harper & Row
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Neil Sheehan
Random House
Where I'm Calling From
Raymond Carver
Atlantic Monthly
That One Day
Donald Hall
Ticknor & Fields/Houghton Mifflin
The River of Heaven
Garrett Hongo
Alfred A. Knopf
Concerto for Orchestra (1989)
Steven Stucky
H'un (Lacerations): In Memoriam 1966-1976
Bright Sheng
The Piano Lesson
August Wilson
M. Butterfly
David Henry Hwang
YearBiographyGeneral Non-FictionHistoryFictionPoetryMusicDrama
1990
The Road From Coorain
Jill Ker Conway
Alfred A. Knopf
Clear Pictures: First Loves, First Guides
Reynolds Price
Atheneum
A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt
Geoffrey C. Ward
Harper & Row
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
Stephen Jay Gould
W.W. Norton & Company
A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922
David Fromkin
Henry Holt & Company
American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm 1870-1970
Thomas P. Hughes
Viking
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume IV: From the American Revolution to World War I
Hugh Honour
Harvard University Press
Billy Bathgate
E.L. Doctorow
Random House
Time's Power
Adrienne Rich
W.W. Norton & Company
Selected and Last Poems
Paul Zweig
Wesleyan University Press
Concerto for Cello, Piano and String Orchestra
Ralph Shapey
Love Letters
A.R. Gurney
And What of the Night?
Maria Irene Fornes
1991
Alfred I. Du Pont: The Man and His Family
Joseph Frazier Wall
The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends 1880-1918
Patricia O'Toole
Clarkson N. Potter
Looking for a Ship
John McPhee
Farrar Straus Giroux
River of Traps: A Village Life
William duBuys and Alex Harris
University of New Mexico
America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink
Kenneth M. Stampp
Oxford University Press
Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939
Lizabeth Cohen
Cambridge University Pres
The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy
Hugh David Graham
Oxford University Press
Mean Spirit
Linda Hogan
Atheneum
The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
Houghton Mifflin
The Transparent Man
Anthony Hecht
Alfred A. Knopf
Leaving Another Kingdom
Gerald Stern
Harper & Row
Four Movements for Piano
Bright Sheng
Wilde: A Symphony in Three Movements
Charles Fussell
Prelude to a Kiss
Craig Lucas
Six Degrees of Separation
John Guare
1992
Frederick Douglass
William S. McFeely
W.W. Norton & Company
Orwell: The Authorized Biography
Michael Shelden
HarperCollins
Broken Vessels
Andre Dubus
David R. Godine
Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics
Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsall
W.W. Norton & Company
A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs
Theodore Draper
Hill & Wang
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
William Cronon
W.W. Norton & Company
The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815
Richard White
Cambridge University Press
Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century
John Frederick Martin
The University of North Carolina Press
Mao II
Don DeLillo
Viking
Jernigan
David Gates
Alfred A. Knopf
Lila: An Inquiry into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Bantam Books
Selected Poems (1992C)
Robert Creeley
University of California Press
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991
Adrienne Rich
W.W. Norton & Company
Concerto Fantastique
Ralph Shapey
Sight Unseen
Donald Margulies
Miss Evers' Boys
David Feldshuh
Two Trains Running
August Wilson
Conversations With My Father
Herb Gardner
1993
Kissinger
Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
James Gleick
Pantheon
Where the Buffalo Roam
Anne Matthews
Grove Weidenfeld
A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War
Susan Griffin
Doubleday
Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father
Richard Rodriguez
Viking
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
Garry Wills
Simon & Schuster
The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction
Edward L. Ayers
Oxford University Press
Black Water
Joyce Carol Oates
Dutton
At Weddings and Wakes
Alice McDermott
Farrar Straus Giroux
Hotel Lautreamont
John Ashbery
Alfred A. Knopf
Selected Poems 1946-1985
James Merrill
Alfred A. Knopf
Violin Concerto
Joan Tower
Music for Cello and Orchestra
Leon Kirchner
The Destiny of Me
Larry Kramer
Fires in the Mirror
Anna Deavere Smith
1994
Genet: A Biography
Edmund White
Alfred A. Knopf
In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding
Deborah Baker
Grove Press
The End of the Twentieth Century: And the End of the Modern Age
John Lukacs
Ticknor & Fields
The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud
Peter Gay
W.W. Norton
Crime and Punishment in American History
Lawrence M. Friedman
Basic Books
William Faulkner and Southern History
Joel Williamson
Oxford University Press
Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK
Gerald Posner
Random House
The Collected Stories (1994)
Reynolds Price
Atheneum
Operation Shylock: A Confession
Philip Roth
Simon & Schuster
The Metamorphoses of Ovid
translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Harcourt Brace & Company
Bright Existence
Brenda Hillman
Wesleyan University Press/University Press of New England
Microsymphony
Charles Wuorinen
Still Movement with Hymn
Aaron Jay Kernis
A Perfect Ganesh
Terrence McNally
Keely and Du
Jane Martin (a pseudonym)
1995
Hugo Black: A Biography
Roger K. Newman
Pantheon
Saint-Exupery: A Biography
Stacy Schiff
Alfred A. Knopf
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
Sherwin B. Nuland
Alfred A. Knopf
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
John Berendt
Random House
Stories of Scottsboro
James Goodman
Pantheon
Lincoln in American Memory
Merrill D. Peterson
Oxford University Press
What I Lived For
Joyce Carol Oates
Dutton
The Collected Stories (1995)
Grace Paley
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992
Allen Ginsberg
HarperCollins
On The Great Atlantic Rainway: Selected Poems 1950-1988 and One Train
Kenneth Koch
Alfred A. Knopf
Evensong
Donald Erb
Adam, a cantata for mixed chorus with soprano solo and small orchestra
Andrew Imbrie
The Cryptogram
David Mamet
Seven Guitars
August Wilson
1996
Mozart: A Life
Maynard Solomon
Alfred A. Knopf
John Sloan: Painter and Rebel
John Loughery
Henry Holt
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
Lawrence Weschler
Pantheon
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and The Meanings of Life
Daniel C. Dennett
Simon & Schuster
Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
Richard Rhodes
Simon & Schuster
The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic
Lance Banning
Cornell University Press
Sabbath's Theater
Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin
Mr. Ives' Christmas
Oscar Hijuelos
HarperCollins
Chickamauga
Charles Wright
Farrar Straus and Giroux
New and Selected Poems (1995J)
Donald Justice
Alfred A. Knopf
Adagio Tenebroso
Elliott Carter
Variations for Violin and Piano
Peter Lieberson
Old Wicked Songs
Jon Marans
A Fair Country
Jon Robin Baitz
1997
In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country
Kim Barnes
Doubleday
Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume 1, 1819-1851
Hershel Parker
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Fame and Folly
Cynthia Ozick
Alfred A. Knopf
The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond
Samuel G. Freedman
Simon & Schuster
The Battle for Christmas
Stephen Nissenbaum
Alfred A. Knopf
Founding Mothers and Fathers
Mary Beth Norton
Alfred A. Knopf
The Manikin
Joanna Scott
Henry Holt
Unlocking the Air and Other Stories
Ursula K. LeGuin
HarperCollins
The Willow Grove
Laurie Sheck
Alfred A. Knopf
The Figured Wheel
Robert Pinsky
Farrar Straus Giroux
Dove Sta Amore
John Musto
Passacaglia Immaginaria
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Collected Stories (1997)
Donald Margulies
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Alfred Uhry
Pride's Crossing
Tina Howe
1998
Whittaker Chambers: A Biography
Sam Tanenhaus
Random House
Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public-Private Life
James H. Jones
W.W. Norton
How the Mind Works
Steven Pinker
W.W. Norton
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
Villard
Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History
Rogers M. Smith
Yale University Press
Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America
J. Anthony Lukas
Simon & Schuster
Underworld
Don DeLillo
Scribner
Bear and His Daughter: Stories
Robert Stone
Houghton Mifflin
Desire
Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Vigil
C.K. Williams
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Horntrio
Yehudi Wyner
Century Rolls
John Adams
Freedomland
Amy Freed
Three Days of Rain
Richard Greenberg
1999
A Beautiful Mind
Sylvia Nasar
Simon & Schuster
At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life
Francine du Plessix Gray
Simon & Schuster
Crime and Punishment in America
Elliott Currie
Metropolitan Books
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
Judith Rich Harris
Free Press
The New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age
William E. Burrows
Random House
In a Barren Land: American Indian Dispossession and Survival
Paula Mitchell Marks
William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Cloudsplitter
Russell Banks
HarperFlamingo
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
HarperFlamingo
Mysteries of Small Houses
Alice Notley
Penguin Poets
Going Fast
Frederick Seidel
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Persistent Memory
David Rakowski
Concerto for Orchestra (1999)
Stanislav Skorwaczewski
Side Man
Warren Leight
Running Man
Cornelius Eady and Diedre Murray
YearBiographyGeneral Non-FictionHistoryFictionPoetryMusicDrama
2000
Clear Springs: A Memoir
Bobbie Ann Mason
Random House
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Dava Sobel
Walker & Company
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Brian Greene
W.W. Norton
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds
Scott Weidensaul
North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier
James H. Merrell
W.W. Norton
The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America
Kevin Phillips
Basic Books
Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Annie Proulx
Scribner
Waiting
Ha Jin
Pantheon Books
Elegy for the Southern Drawl
Rodney Jones
Houghton Mifflin
Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998
Adrienne Rich
W.W. Norton
Serenata Concertante
Donald Martino
(Premiered on April 19, 1999 at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City)
contes de fees
John Zorn
(Premiered on February 17, 2000 at the Society for Ethical Culture, New York City)
King Hedley II
August Wilson
In the Blood
Suzan-Lori Parks
2001
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
H.W. Brands
Doubleday
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
Christoph Wolff
W.W. Norton & Company
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
Ted Conover
Random House
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Dave Eggers
Simon & Schuster
Way Out There in the Blue
Frances FitzGerald
Simon & Schuster
The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States
Alexander Keyssar
Basic Books
Blonde
Joyce Carol Oates
The Ecco Press/HarperCollins
The Quick and the Dead
Joy Williams
Alfred A. Knopf
Pursuit of a Wound
Sydney Lea
University of Illinois Press
The Other Lover
Bruce Smith
The University of Chicago Press
Tituli
Stephen Hartke
(Premiered on January 15, 2001 at Alfred Newman Recital Hall, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.)
Time After Time
Fred Lerdahl
(Premiered on December 12, 2000 at Merkin Hall, New York City.)
The Play About the Baby
Edward Albee
The Waverly Gallery
Kenneth Lonergan
2002
An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood
Jimmy Carter
Simon & Schuster
Grant
Jean Edward Smith
Simon & Schuster
War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals
David Halberstam
Scribner
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Andrew Solomon
Scribner
Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and the Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation
J. William Harris
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America
Daniel K. Richter
Harvard University Press
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
John Henry Days
Colson Whitehead
Doubleday
The Seven Ages
Louise Glück
The ECCO Press/HarperCollins
The Beforelife
Franz Wright
Alfred A. Knopf
Rilke Songs
Peter Lieberson
(Premiered on July 18, 2001, in Santa Fe, NM.)
Ten of a Kind (Symphony No.2)
David Rakowski
(Premiered on May 20, 2001 at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.)
The Glory of Living
Rebecca Gilman
Yellowman
Dael Orlandersmith
2003
The Fly Swatter
Nicholas Dawidoff
Pantheon Books
Beethoven: The Music and the Life
Lewis Lockwood
W.W. Norton
The Anthropoligy of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit
Ellen Meloy
Pantheon Books
The Blank Slate: the Modern Denial of Human Nature
Steven Pinker
Viking
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America
Philip Dray
Random House
Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth Century America
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
Alfred A. Knopf
You Are Not a Stranger Here
Adam Haslett
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
Servants of the Map: Stories
Andrea Barrett
W.W. Norton
Music Like Dirt
Frank Bidart
Sarabande Books
Hazmat
J. D. McClatchy
Alfred A.Knopf
Three Tales
Steve Reich
Boosey & Hawkes (Premiered on May 31, 2002, at the Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, S.C.)
Camp Songs
Paul Schoenfeld
(Commissioned by Music of Remembrance and premiered on April 7, 2002 at MOR's Holocaust Remembrance concert, Not In Vain!, at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Wash.)
Take Me Out
Richard Greenberg
The Goat or Who is Sylvia?
Edward Albee
2004
Isaac Newton
James Gleick
Pantheon Books
Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work
Hayden Herrera
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Rembrandt's Jews
Steven Nadler
The University of Chicago Press
The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military
Dana Priest
W.W. Norton
They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967
David Maraniss
Simon & Schuster
Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center
Daniel Okrent
Viking
American Woman
Susan Choi
HarperCollins
Evidence of Things Unseen
Marianne Wiggins
Simon & Schuster
Middle Earth
Henri Cole
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Eyeshot
Heather McHugh
Wesleyan University Press
Piano Concerto No. 3
Peter Lieberson
G. Schirmer, Inc. (premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra on November 26, 2003 in Minneapolis, Minn.)
Cello Counterpoint
Steve Reich
Boosey & Hawkes (premiered on October 18, 2003 at The Krannert Center, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.)
Man from Nebraska
Tracy Letts
Omnium Gatherum
Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
2005
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Stephen Greenblatt
W.W. Norton & Company
Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America
William Souder
North Point Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Suketu Mehta
Alfred A. Knopf
The Devil’s Highway: A True Story
Luis Alberto Urrea
Little, Brown and Company
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Kevin Boyle
Henry Holt & Company, LLC
Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860, volumes 1 & 2
Michael O’Brien
The University of North Carolina Press
War Trash
Ha Jin
Pantheon Books
An Unfinished Season
Ward Just
Houghton Mifflin
The Orchard
Brigit Pegeen Kelly
BOA Editions
Search Party: Collected Poems
William Matthews
Houghton Mifflin
Dialogues
Elliot Carter
Boosey & Hawkes (premiered June 7, 2004 by the Chicago Contemporary Music Ensemble in Chicago, IL.)
You Are (Variations)
Steve Reich
(premiered October 23, 2004 by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA)
Thom Pain (based on nothing)
Will Eno
The Clean House
Sarah Ruhl
2006
The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
Alfred A. Knopf
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
Megan Marshall
Houghton Mifflin
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Tony Judt
The Penguin Press
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
George Packer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
New York Burning
Jill Lepore
Alfred A. Knopf
The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
Sean Wilentz
W.W. Norton
The March
E.L. Doctorow
Random House
The Bright Forever
Lee Martin
Shaye Areheart Books/Crown Publishing
American Sublime
Elizabeth Alexander
Graywolf Press
Elegy on Toy Piano
Dean Young
University of Pittsburgh Press
Neruda Songs
Peter Lieberson
Associated Music Publishers, Inc. (premiered May 20, 2005 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Si Ji (Four Seasons)
Chen Yi
(Theodore Presser Company (premiered October 13, 2005 by the Cleveland Orchestra)
Miss Witherspoon
Christopher Durang
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
Rolin Jones
Red Light Winter
Adam Rapp
2007
John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty
Arthur H. Cash
Yale University Press
Andrew Carnegie
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Pete Earley
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Thomas E. Ricks
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James T. Campbell
The Penguin Press
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Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking
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Richard Powers
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Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Republic of Poetry
Martin Espada
W.W. Norton
Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004
David Wojahn
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Elliot Goldenthal
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Augusta Read Thomas
G. Schirmer, Inc. (premiered June 1, 2006 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra )
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Rinde Eckert
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Eisa Davis
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Quiara Alegría Hudes
2008
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Martin Duberman
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Zachary Leader
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Alex Ross
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Allan Brandt
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Robert Dallek
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The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
David Halberstam
Hyperion
Tree of Smoke
Denis Johnson
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Shakespeare's Kitchen
Lore Segal
The New Press
Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006
Ellen Bryant Voigt
W.W. Norton & Company
Meanwhile
Stephen Hartke
ELR Music Publishing, Inc. (premiered November 7, 2007 at the University of Richmond)
Concerto for Viola
Roberto Sierra
Subito Music Publishing (premiered November 11, 2007 at Barnes Hall, Ithaca, NY)
Yellow Face
David Henry Hwang
Dying City
Christopher Shinn
2009
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
H.W. Brands
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The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family In An American Century
Steve Coll
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Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age
Arthur Herman
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The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe
William I. Hitchcock
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Drew Gilpin Faust
Alfred A. Knopf
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G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot
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Louise Erdrich
HarperCollins
All Souls
Christine Schutt
Harcourt
Watching the Spring Festival
Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems
Ruth Stone
Copper Canyon Press
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Don Byron
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Becky Shaw
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In The Heights
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Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
John Milton Cooper Jr.
Alfred A. Knopf
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Blake Bailey
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John Cassidy
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Robert Wright
Little, Brown and Company
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Greg Grandin
Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815
Gordon S. Wood
Oxford University Press
Love in Infant Monkeys
Lydia Millet
Soft Skull Press
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Daniyal Mueenuddin
W.W. Norton & Company
Tryst
Angie Estes
Oberlin College Press
Inseminating the Elephant
Lucia Perillo
Copper Canyon Press
Steel Hammer
Julia Wolfe
G. Schirmer, Inc.
String Quartet No. 3
Fred Lerdahl
premiered on December 8, 2009, in Cleveland, Ohio
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Kristoffer Diaz
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Rajiv Joseph
In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play
Sarah Ruhl
2011
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century
Alan Brinkley
Alfred A. Knopf
Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon
Michael O'Brien
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American
S.C. Gwynne
Scribner
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brain
Nicholas Carr
W.W. Norton & Company
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Stephanie McCurry
Harvard University Press
Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston
Michael Rawson
Harvard University Press
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Jonathan Dee
Jonathan Dee
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Chang-rae Lee
Riverhead Books
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Maurice Manning
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Break the Glass
Jean Valentine
Copper Canyon Press
Arches
Fred Lerdahl
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Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon
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John Guare
Detroit
Lisa D'Amour
2012
Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
Mary Gabriel
Little, Brown and Company
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Diane Ackerman
W.W. Norton
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men
Mara Hvistendahl
Public Affairs
Empires, Nations & Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860
Anne F. Hyde
University of Nebraska Press
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Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Richard White
W.W. Norton & Company
Train Dreams
Denis Johnson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Swamplandia!
Karen Russell
Alfred A. Knopf
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David Foster Wallace
Little, Brown and Company
Core Samples from the World
Forrest Gander
New Directions
How Long
Ron Padgett
Coffee House Books
Death and the Powers
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The Companion Guide to Rome
Andrew Norman
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Other Desert Cities
Jon Robin Baitz
Sons of the Prophet
Stephen Karam
2013
Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece
Michael Gorra
A Liveright Book: W. W. Norton
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David Nasaw
Penguin
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Katherine Boo
Random House
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David George Haskell
Viking
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Bernard Bailyn
Alfred A. Knopf
Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
John Fabian Witt
Free Press
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Nathan Englander
Alfred A. Knopf
The Snow Child
Eowyn Ivey
Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown
Collected Poems
Jack Gilbert
Alfred A. Knopf
The Abundance of Nothing
Bruce Weigl
TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern
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Aaron Jay Kernis
Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
Ten Freedom Summers
Wadada Leo Smith
Cuneiform Records
Rapture, Blister, Burn
Gina Gionfriddo
4000 Miles
Amy Herzog
2014
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
Leo Damrosch
Yale University Press
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life
Jonathan Sperber
Liveright
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide
Gary J. Bass
Alfred A. Knopf
The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
Fred Kaplan
Simon & Schuster
A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America
Jacqueline Jones
Basic Books
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety
Eric Schlosser
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The Son
Philipp Meyer
Ecco
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
Bob Shacochis
Atlantic Monthly Press
The Big Smoke
Adrian Matejka
Penguin Poets/Penguin Group, USA
The Sleep of Reason
Morri Creech
The Waywiser Press
The Gospel According to the Other Mary
John Adams
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Invisible Cities
Christopher Cerrone
staged version premiered on October 19, 2013 by The Industry and L.A. Dance Project in Union Station, Los Angeles (Outburst-Inburst Musics)
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
Madeleine George
Fun Home
Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori
2015
Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism
Thomas Brothers
W.W. Norton
Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
Stephen Kotkin
Penguin Press
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
Anand Gopal
Metropolitan Books/ Henry Holt and Company
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Evan Osnos
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House
An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America
Nick Bunker
Alfred A. Knopf
Empire of Cotton: A Global History
Sven Beckert
Alfred A. Knopf
Let Me Be Frank with You
Richard Ford
Ecco
The Moor's Account
Laila Lalami
Pantheon
Lovely, Dark, Deep
Joyce Carol Oates
Ecco
Reel to Reel
Alan Shapiro
University of Chicago Press
Compass Rose
Arthur Sze
Copper Canyon Press
Xiaoxiang
Lei Liang
(premiered on March 28, 2014, in Boston by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
The Aristos
John Zorn
(premiered on December 21, 2014, in New York City)
Marjorie Prime
Jordan Harrison
Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3)
Suzan-Lori Parks
2016
Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
T.J. Stiles
Alfred A. Knopf
The Light of the World
Elizabeth Alexander
Grand Central Publishing
If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Carla Power
Henry Holt and Company
Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
T.J. Stiles
Alfred A. Knopf
Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War
Brian Matthew Jordan
Liveright/Norton
Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
James M. Scott
W.W. Norton & Company
The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
Annie Jacobsen
Little, Brown & Company
Maud's Line
Margaret Verble
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Get in Trouble: Stories
Kelly Link
Random House
Alive: New and Selected Poems
Elizabeth Willis
NYRB
Four-Legged Girl
Diane Seuss
Graywolf Press
The Blind Banister
Timo Andres
Andres & Sons Bakery
The Mechanics: Six from the Shop Floor
Carter Pann
Blue Griffin
Gloria
Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins
The Humans
Stephen Karam
2017
In the Darkroom
Susan Faludi
Metropolitan Books
When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
Random House
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism
John Donvan and Caren Zucker
Crown
The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery
Micki McElya
Harvard University Press
Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It
Larrie D. Ferreiro
Alfred A. Knopf
New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
Wendy Warren
Liveright/W.W. Norton
Imagine Me Gone
Adam Haslett
Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group
Sport of Kings
C. E. Morgan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Collected Poems: 1950-2012
Adrienne Rich
W.W. Norton
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Campbell McGrath
Ecco/HarperCollins
Bound to the Bone
Ashley Fure
Ipsa Dixit
Kate Soper
The Wolves
Sarah DeLappe
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Taylor Mac
2018
Richard Nixon: The Life
John A. Farrell
Doubleday
Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
Kay Redfield Jamison
Alfred A. Knopf
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-America World
Suzy Hansen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—and Us
Richard O. Prum
Doubleday
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
Kim Phillips-Fein
Metropolitan Books
Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America
Steven J. Ross
Bloomsbury
In the Distance
Hernan Diaz
Coffee House Press
The Idiot
Elif Batuman
Penguin Press
Incendiary Art
Patricia Smith
TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press
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Evie Shockley
Wesleyan University Press
Quartet
Michael Gilbertson
Sound from the Bench,
Ted Hearne
Everybody
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
The Minutes
Tracy Letts
2019
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris
Caroline Weber
Alfred A. Knopf
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
Max Boot
Liveright/W.W. Norton
In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers
Bernice Yeung
The New Press
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore
Elizabeth Rush
Milkweed Editions
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Victoria Johnson
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company
Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai
Viking Books / Penguin Random House
There There
Tommy Orange
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House
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Jos Charles
Milkweed Editions
Like
A. E. Stallings
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Still
James Romig
Sustain
Andrew Norman
Dance Nation
Clare Barron
What the Constitution Means to Me
Heidi Schreck