The Pulitzer Prizes for 2014 in books were announced today, with Donna Tartt's best-selling novel "The Goldfinch" leading the list. The Tartt book, which was shortlisted for other awards including one from the 2014 National Book Critics Circle, captured the fiction prize. The finalists in fiction, which are announced the same day as the winners, were Philipp Meyer's "The Son" and "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul," by Bob Shacochis. The Pulitzer citation by the jury in fiction - Art Winslow, former literary and executive editor, The Nation and past president, National Book Critics Circle (Chair); Ron Charles, deputy editor, The Washington Post Book World; and Sabina Murray, writer and professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst - called "The Goldfinch" a "beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart." Below are the titles that won the Pulitzer today in fiction, history, biography or autobiography, poetry and general nonfiction.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
One of the big best-sellers of 2013, "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt was named Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction. It is on the shortlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, formally the Orange Prize, a U.K. award whose winner will be announced in June.
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor, a previous Pulitzer winner for "William Cooper's Town," captured the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for history for "The Internal Enemy," which the jury cited as "a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators."
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
Megan Marshall's "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography. It was praised as "a richly researched book that tells the remarkable story of a 19th century author, journalist, critic and pioneering advocate of women’s rights who died in a shipwreck."
3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
In poetry, Vijay Seshadri's "3 Sections" won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. It is "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless," according to the jurors.
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
"Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" by Dan Fagin, won the 2014 Pulitzer for general nonfiction. The jurors said it "deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution."