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Pulitzer Prize

I am in the process of reading every play which has received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. I have read 85 of the 86.

  • 86 plays awarded
  • 85 plays read – 98.84% of total (listed in italics)
  • 32 plays seen – 37.21% of total (listed in bold)
  • 1917 (No Award)
  • 1918 Why Marry? – Jesse Lynch Williams
  • 1919 (No Award)
  • 1920 Beyond the Horizon – Eugene O’Neill
  • 1921 Miss Lulu Bett – Zona Gale
  • 1922 Anna Christie – Eugene O’Neill
  • 1923 Icebound – Owen Davis
  • 1924 Hell-Bent Fer Heaven – Hatcher Hughes
  • 1925 They Knew What They Wanted – Sidney Howard
  • 1926 Craig’s Wife – George Kelly
  • 1927 In Abraham’s Bosom – Paul Green
  • 1928 Strange Interlude – Eugene O’Neill
  • 1929 Street Scene – Elmer Rice
  • 1930 The Green Pastures – Marc Connelly
  • 1931 Alison’s House – Susan Glaspell
  • 1932 Of Thee I Sing – George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Ira Gershwin**
  • 1933 Both Your Houses – Maxwell Anderson
  • 1934 Men in White – Sidney Kingsley
  • 1935 The Old Maid – Zoe Akins
  • 1936 Idiots Delight – Robert E. Sherwood
  • 1937 You Can’t Take It With You – George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart
  • 1938 Our Town – Thornton Wilder
  • 1939 Abe Lincoln in Illinois – Robert E. Sherwood
  • 1940 The Time of Your Life – William Saroyan
  • 1941 There Shall Be No Night – Robert E. Sherwood
  • 1942 (No Award)
  • 1943 The Skin of Our Teeth – Thornton Wilder
  • 1944 (No Award)
  • 1945 Harvey – Mary Chase
  • 1946 State of the Union – Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay
  • 1947 (No Award)
  • 1948 A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  • 1949 Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • 1950 South Pacific – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan
  • 1951 (No Award)
  • 1952 The Shrike – Joseph Kramm
  • 1953 Picnic – William Inge
  • 1954 The Teahouse of the August Moon – John Patrick
  • 1955 Cat on A Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams
  • 1956 The Diary of Anne Frank – Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
  • 1957 Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Eugene O’Neill
  • 1958 Look Homeward, Angel – Ketti Frings
  • 1959 J. B. – Archibald MacLeish
  • 1960 Fiorello! – George Abbott, Jerome Weidman, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
  • 1961 All The Way Home – Tad Mosel
  • 1962 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows***
  • 1963 (No Award)
  • 1964 (No Award)
  • 1965 The Subject Was Roses – Frank Gilroy
  • 1966 (No Award)
  • 1967 A Delicate BalanceEdward Albee
  • 1968 (No Award)
  • 1969 The Great White Hope – Howard Sackler
  • 1970 No Place to be Somebody – Charles Gordone
  • 1971 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds – Paul Zindel
  • 1972 (No Award)
  • 1973 That Championship Season – Jason Miller
  • 1974 (No Award)
  • 1975 Seascape – Edward Albee
  • 1976 A Chorus Line – James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Ed Kleban, Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Bennett
  • 1977 The Shadow Box – Michael Cristofer
  • 1978 The Gin Game – D. L. Coburn
  • 1979 Buried Child – Sam Shepard
  • 1980 Talley’s Folly – Lanford Wilson
  • 1981 Crimes of the Heart – Beth Henley
  • 1982 A Soldier’s Play – Charles Fuller
  • 1983 ‘Night, Mother – Marsha Norman
  • 1984 Glengarry Glen Ross – David Mamet
  • 1985 Sunday in the Park with George – Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine
  • 1986 (No Award)
  • 1987 Fences – August Wilson
  • 1988 Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhry
  • 1989 The Heidi Chronicles – Wendy Wasserstein
  • 1990 The Piano LessonAugust Wilson
  • 1991 Lost in Yonkers – Neil Simon
  • 1992 The Kentucky Cycle – Robert Schenkkan
  • 1993 Angels in America: Millennium Approaches – Tony Kushner
  • 1994 Three Tall Women – Edward Albee
  • 1995 The Young Man from Atlanta – Horton Foote
  • 1996 Rent – Jonathan Larson
  • 1997 (No award)
  • 1998 How I Learned to Drive – Paula Vogel
  • 1999 WitMargaret Edson
  • 2000 Dinner with Friends – Donald Margulies
  • 2001 ProofDavid Auburn
  • 2002 Topdog/Underdog – Suzan-Lori Parks
  • 2003 Anna in the Tropics – Nilo Cruz
  • 2004 I Am My Own Wife – Douglas Wright
  • 2005 Doubt – John Patrick Shanley
  • 2006 (No Award)
  • 2007 Rabbit Hole – David Lindsay-Abaire
  • 2008 August: Osage County – Tracy Letts
  • 2009 Ruined – Lynn Nottage
  • 2010 Next to Normal – Brian Yorkey, Tom Kitt
  • 2011 Clybourne Park – Bruce Norris
  • 2012 Water by the Spoonful – Quira Alegría Hudes
  • 2013 Disgraced – Ayad Akhtar
  • 2014 The Flick – Annie Baker
  • 2015 Between Riverside and Crazy – Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • 2016 Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • 2017 Sweat – Lynn Nottage

In 1943, Oklahoma! (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) was awarded a Special Pulitzer.

**Composer George Gershwin omitted from prize in 1932.

***In 1962, though Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert retained contractual rights to appear as authors, their work did not appear in the finished product; the Pulitzer committee omitted them from the prize.

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One thought on “Pulitzer Prize

  1. Hi, Scott. Just got introduced to your website by a Central High student, Zia Tollette, who found information about Harry Bellafonte’s visit two years ago for the commemoration events hosted by the LRCHS National Historic Site.

    Saw your link to Pulitzer Prize playwrights. Wanted to share this link to an entry for David Auburn (2001, Proof) in the Butler Center’s Encyclopedia of Arkansas: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?search=1&entryID=5932

    Having been raised in Jonesboro, we’re including him in our seminar for Arkansas teachers on June 9-10 called:
    “Words That Matter”, Pulitzer Prize Authors with Arkansas Connections

    As you read his play, did you underline particular lines that struck you personally as “words that matter”? I’d be glad to share your selected passages with the teachers.

    Thanks for your creative work!
    George West
    Education Outreach Coordinator
    Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
    Central Arkansas Library System
    gwest@cals.org

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