Pulitzer Prizes for 2012 Announced, No Fiction Award
The Pulitzer Prizes for 2012 have been announced and disappointingly no prize for the fiction category has been awarded. Apparently, the 20-person Pulitzer board was unable to agree on a winner from the three nominated novels - Karen Russell’s Swamplandia, David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams.
It’s a shame because a Pulitzer prize guarantees a huge readership for the winning book; Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad reached a much wider audience after it won the prize last year.
It’s not the first time no fiction Pulitzer has been awarded. In 1977 Norman Maclean’s novel [A River Runs Through It](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_River_Runs_Through_It_(novel) was nominated for the prize by the fiction jury, only for the board to ignore it and decide to award no winner that year. At least this year’s non-result isn’t quite as damning as that.
Here are the other Pulitzer winners for 2012:
Letters, Drama, and Music
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Manning Marable
Biography or Autobiography
George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
The Philadelphia Inquirer for ‘Assault on Learning’
Breaking News Reporting
The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff
Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press for ‘Probe Into NYPD Intelligence Operations’
Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times for ‘Methadone and the Politics of Pain’
David Kocieniewski of The New York Times for ‘But Nobody Pays That’
Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, PA
David Wood of The Huffington Post for ‘Beyond the Battlefield’
Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times
Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle (Wash.) weekly for ‘The Bravest Woman in Seattle’
Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune
Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe
Matt Wuerker of POLITICO
In the Florida Everglades, gator-park 'Swamplandia!' is in trouble. Its star performer, the great beauty and champion alligator-wrestler Hilola Bigtree, has succumbed to cancer, and Ava, her resourceful but terrified 13-year-old...
The Pale King
The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Centre in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees...
This novella was originally published, in slightly different form, in The Paris Review, 2002. --T.p. verso.