Book world expresses disappointment, outrage over Pulitzer snub
Pulitzer juror Susan Larson said she and the rest of the fiction jury are 'shocked … angry … and very disappointed' that the Pulitzer board elected not to choose a 2012 fiction winner.
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Molly Driscoll is a Books and the Culture staff writer.
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“I can't believe there wasn't a worthy one,” the author told the Associated Press. “It's a shame. But sometimes a selection committee really cannot agree, and giving no award is the outcome. Too bad.”
“Anything that brings readers to David's brilliant novels, especially his great novel `Infinite Jest,' is a good thing!” he told the Associated Press.
The last time a fiction award was not given was in 1977, when the fiction jury chose the Norman MacLean work “A River Runs Through It” as its recommendation for winner, but the Pulitzer board did not award the prize. On some occasions when an award has been withheld, the reason for the decision has come out – in 1941, the fiction jury said the award should be given to Ernest Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and the Pulitzer Board was willing to select it until the Columbia University president asked the board to change its mind because he found the novel offensive. Columbia administers the Pulitzer Prizes.
2012 Pulitzer winners in other categories included an award in history for Manning Marable for his book "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention"; an award in biography to John Lewis Gaddis for "George F. Kennan: An American Life"; an award in nonfiction to Stephen Greenblatt for "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern"; an award in drama to Quiara Alegría Hudes for "Water by the Spoonful"; an award in poetry to Tracy K. Smith for "Life on Mars"; and an award in music to Kevin Puts for "Silent Night: An Opera in Two Acts."
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.