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The Pulitzer Prize Novel/Fiction Reading List

If you haven't spent much time following book awards they are an excellent source for great reading lists. Here is a listing of books (and authors) from The Pulitzer Prize for Novels/Fiction beginning in 1918 to present. Follow along in order or pick and choose as it pleases. Happy reading!

1918 - His Family (Ernest Poole)
1919 - The Magnificent Ambersons (Booth Tarkington)
1921 - The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
1922 - Alice Adams (Booth Tarkington)
1923 - One of Ours (Willa Cather)
1924 - The Able McLaughlins (Margaret Wilson)
1925 - So Big (Edna Ferber)
1926 - Arrowsmith (Sinclair Lewis)
1927 - Early Autumn (Louis Bromfield)
1928 - The Bridge of San Luis (Thornton Wilder)
1929 - Scarlet Sister Mary (Julia Peterkin)
1930 - Laughing Boy (Oliver Lafarge)
1931 - Years of Grace (Margaret Ayer Barnes)
1932 - The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
1933 - The Store (T.S. Stribling)
1934 - Lamb in His Bosom (Caroline Miller)
1935 - Now in November (Josephine Winslow Johnson)
1936 - Honey in the Horn (Harold L. Davis)
1937 - Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
1938 - The Late George Apley (John Phillips Marquard)
1939 - The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
1942 - In This Our Life (Ellen Glasgow)
1943 - Dragon's Teeth (Upton Sinclair)
1944 - Journey in the Dark (Martin Flavin)
1945 - A Bell for Adano (John Hersey)
1947 - All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)
1948 - Tales of the South Pacific (James A. Michener)
1949 - Guard of Honor (James Gould Cozzens)
1950 - The Way West (A.B. Guthrie Jr.)
1951 - The Town (Conrad Richter)
1952 - The Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk)
1953 - The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
1955 - A Fable (William Faulkner)
1956 - Andersonville (MacKinlay Kantor)
1958 - A Death in the Family (James Agee)
1959 - The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (Robert Lewis Taylor)
1960 - Advise and Consent (Allen Drury)
1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
1962 - The Edge of Sadness (Edwin O'Connor)
1963 - The Reivers (William Faulkner)
1965 - The Keepers of the House (Shirley Ann Grau)
1966 - Collected Stories (Katherine Anne Porter)
1967 - The Fixer (Bernard Malamud)
1968 - The Confessions of Nat Turner (William Styron)
1969 - House Made of Dawn (N. Scott Momaday)
1970 - Collected Stories (Jean Stafford)
1972 - Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
1973 - The Optimist's Daughter (Eudora Welty)
1975 - The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
1976 - Humboldt's Gift (Saul Bellow)
1978 - Elbow Room (James Alan McPherson)
1979 - The Stories of John Cheever (John Cheever)
1980 - The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer)
1981 - A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
1982 - Rabbit is Rich (John Updike)
1983 - The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
1984 - Ironweed (William Kennedy)
1985 - Foreign Affairs (Alison Lurie)
1986 - Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
1987 - A Summons to Memphis (Peter Taylor)
1988 - Beloved (Toni Morrison)
1989 - Breathing Lessons (Anne Tyler)
1990 - The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (Oscar Hijuelos)
1991 - Rabbit at Rest (John Updike)
1992 - A Thousand Acres (Jane Smiley)
1993 - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Robert Olen Butler)
1994 - The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)
1995 - The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
1996 - Independence Day (Richard Ford)
1997 - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer (Steven Millhauser)
1998 - American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
1999 - The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
2000 - Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
2001 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
2002 - Empire Falls (Richard Russo)
2003 - Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
2004 - The Known World (Edward P. Jones)
2005 - Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
2006 - March (Geraldine Brooks)
2007 - The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
2009 - Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout)

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M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario, Canada. If you are going to find this eclectic reader and writer anywhere it is probably at her computer. For more information visit her official website.

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