Tag: pulitzer prize

To Kill a Mockingbird

Added on February 20, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee J.B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1960 This book is one of the gems of my collection. Although this is a first book club edition, it came out at the same time as the true first edition. The value of this book has risen since the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set [...]

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Added on March 3, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Riverhead Press, New York, 2007 This stellar debut novel appeared on thirty-five best of the year book lists, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize and the Dayton Peace Prize. Time Magazine and New York Magazine [...]

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You Are Not a Stranger Here

Added on February 14, 2015

You Are Not a Stranger Here Adam Haslett Nan A. Talese, U.S.A. 2002 This awesome collection of nine short stories by Yale law student Adam Haslett was a 2002 finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Check the copyright page to see in which magazines some of these stories were first [...]

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The Old Man and the Sea

Added on August 1, 2013

The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway Scribner’s, U.S.A. 1952 The Old Man and the Sea came out two years after Across the River and Into the Trees, Hemingway’s most negatively reviewed novel. It seems the reviewers were still on a negative slant when The Old Man and the Sea was published. Many of [...]

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Added on February 26, 2013

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Michael Chabon Random House, New York, 2000 The New York Review of Books called The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Chabon’s magnum opus. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for several other major awards, including the Pen/Faulkner Award and The National Book Critics Circle [...]

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Humboldt’s Gift

Added on March 18, 2012

Humboldt’s Gift Saul Bellow Viking, U.S.A. 1976 Humboldt’s Gift won the 1976 Pulitzer prize for fiction and was nominated for the National Book Award. Later that same year, Bellow won the Nobel Prize for literature. According to Wikipedia, he is the only writer to be nominated for the National Book Award six times and the [...]

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The Shipping News

Added on December 6, 2011

The Shipping News Annie Proulx MacMillan Publishing Company, U.S.A. 1993 The Shipping News won the 1993 National Book Award and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. It was also nominated for the 1993 Irish Times International Fiction Prize. It was made into a major motion picture in 2001. The true first edition is the first printing of this edition. They [...]

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A Confederacy of Dunces

Added on October 10, 2011

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole Louisiana State University Press, U.S.A. 1980 Sadly, John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 at the age of 32, eleven years before his masterpiece would be published. As a matter of fact, this work of comic genius might never have been published at all if Toole’s mother hadn’t [...]

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Empire Falls

Added on April 1, 2011

Empire Falls Richard Russo Viking, New York, 2001 This is an extremely scarce advance readers copy of Russo’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It was recently made into a highly acclaimed HBO film, with an all-star cast including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Helen Hunt. This copy, as you can see, is signed on a tipped-in [...]

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The Stone Diaries

Added on September 26, 2010

The Stone Diaries Carol Shields Random House, Canada, 1993 This is Carol Shields masterpiece. It is the first novel ever to win both the Canadian Governor General’s Award and the American Pulitzer Prize. Being an American-born naturalized Canadian, she is the first and only author to have been eligible for both. The Stone Diaries also [...]

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