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Pulitzer Prize

2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks
2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth
1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford
1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
1991 Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison
1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1980 The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1977 No Award
1976 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
1974 No Award
1973 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
1971 No Award
1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford
1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1966 Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
1965 The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
1964 No Award
1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner
1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
1958 A Death In The Family by the late James Agee (a posthumous publication)
1957 No Award
1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
1955 A Fable by William Faulkner
1954 No Award
1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
1951 The Town by Conrad Richter
1950 The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
1947 All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
1946 No Award
1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
1943 Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair
1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
1941 No Award
1940 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1938 The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling
1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge
1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
1925 So Big by Edna Ferber
1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather
1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
1920 No Award
1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1918 His Family by Ernest Poole (Macmillan)
1917 No Award

General Nonfiction
2007 The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
2006 Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
2005 Ghost Wars: The Secret History of The CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet by Steve Coll
2004 Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
2003 A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
2002 Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
2001 Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
2000 Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower
1999 Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
1998 Guns, Germs, and Stee: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
1997 Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, The Public Health, And The Unabashed Triumph Of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger
1996 The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg
1995 The Beak of the Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
1994 Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days Of The Soviet Empire by David Remnick
1993 Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills
1992 The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power by Daniel Yergin
1991 The Ants by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
1990 And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
1989 A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
1988 The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
1987 Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler
1986 Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas
1985 The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two by Studs Terkel
1984 The Social Transformation Of American Medicine by Paul Starr
1983 Is There No Place On Earth For Me? by Susan Sheehan
1982 The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder
1981 Fin-De Siecle Vienna: Politics And Culture by Carl E. Schorske
1980 Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R.Hofstadter
1979 On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson
1978 The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
1977 Beautiful Swimmers by William W. Warner
1976 Why Survive? Being Old In America
1975 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
1974 The Denial of Death by the late Ernest Becker
1973 Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
1972 Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 by Barbara W. Tuchman
1971 The Rising Sun by John Toland
1970 Gandhi’s Truth by Erik H. Erikson
1969 So Human An Animal by Rene Jules Dubos
1968 Rousseau And Revolution, The Tenth And Concluding Volume Of The Story Of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant
1967 The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture by David Brion Davis
1966 Wandering Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale
1965 O Strange New World by Howard Mumford Jones
1964 Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter
1963 The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
1962 The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White

Biography or Autobiography
2007 The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
2006 American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
2005 De Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
2004 Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
2003 Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
2002 John Adams by David McCullough
2001 W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis
2000 Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff
1999 Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
1998 Personal History by Katharine Graham
1997 Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
1996 God: A Biography by Jack Miles
1995 Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life by Joan D. Hedrick
1994 W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis
1993 Truman by David McCullough
1992 Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet by Lewis B. Puller Jr.
1991 Jackson Pollock by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
1990 Machiavelli in Hell by Sebastian de Grazia
1989 Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann
1988 Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe by David Herbert Donald
1987 Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow
1986 Louise Bogan: A Portrait by Elizabeth Frank
1985 The Life and Times of Cotton Mather by Kenneth Silverman
1984 Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 by Louis R. Harlan
1983 Growing Up by Russell Baker
1982 Grant: A Biography by William McFeely
1981 Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
1980 The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
1979 Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews by Leonard Baker
1978 Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate
1977 A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T E. Lawrence by John E. Mack
1976 Edith Wharton: A Biography by R. W. B. Lewis
1975 The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
1974 O’Neill, Son and Artist by Louis Sheaffer
1973 Luce and His Empire by W. A. Swanberg
1972 Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash
1971 Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1915 -1938 by Lawrance Thompson
1970 Huey Long by T. Harry Williams
1969 The Man From New York: John Quinn and His Friends by Benjamin Lawrence Reid
1968 Memoirs by George F. Kennan
1967 Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan
1966 A Thousand Days by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
1965 Henry Adams, three volumes by Ernest Samuels
1964 John Keats by Walter Jackson Bate
1963 Henry James by Leon Edel
1962 No Award
1961 Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Donald
1960 John Paul Jones by Samuel Eliot Morison
1959 Woodrow Wilson, American Prophet by Arthur Walworth
1958 George Washington, Volumes I-VI by Douglas Southall Freeman, and Volume VII, written by John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells Ashworth after Dr. Freeman’s Death in 1953
1957 Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
1956 Benjamin Henry Latrobe by Talbot Faulkner Hamlin
1955 The Taft Story by William S. White
1954 The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh
1953 Edmund Pendleton 1721-1803 by David J. Mays
1952 Charles Evans Hughes by Merlo J. Pusey
1951 John C. Calhoun: American Portrait by Margaret Louise Coit
1950 John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy by Samuel Flagg Bemis
1949 Roosevelt and Hopkins by Robert E. Sherwood
1948 Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow by Margaret Clapp
1947 The Autobiography of William Allen White by William Allen White
1946 Son of the Wilderness by Linnie Marsh Wolfe
1945 George Bancroft: Brahmin Rebel by Russell Blaine Nye
1944 The American Leonardo: The Life of Samuel F B. Morse by Carleton Mabee
1943 Admiral of the Ocean Sea by Samuel Eliot Morison
1942 Crusader in Crinoline by Forrest Wilson
1941 Jonathan Edward by Ola Elizabeth Winslow
1940 Woodrow Wilson, Life and Letters. Vols. VII and VIII by Ray Stannard Baker
1939 Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren
1938 Andrew Jackson, 2 vols. by Marquis James
1937 Hamilton Fish by Allan Nevins
1936 The Thought and Character of William James by Ralph Barton Perry
1935 R. E. Lee by Douglas S. Freeman
1934 John Hay by Tyler Dennett
1933 Grover Cleveland by Allan Nevins
1932 Theodore Roosevelt by Henry F. Pringle
1931 Charles W. Eliot by Henry James
1930 The Raven by Marquis James
1929 The Training of an American: The Earlier Life and Letters of Walter H. Page by Burton J. Hendrick
1928 The American Orchestra and Theodore Thomas by Charles Edward Russell
1927 Whitman by Emory Holloway
1926 The Life of Sir William Osler, 2 vols. by Harvey Cushing
1925 Barrett Wendell and His Letters by M. A. Dewolfe Howe
1924 From Immigrant to Inventor by Michael Idvorsky Pupin
1923 The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page by Burton J. Hendrick
1922 A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
1921 The Americanization of Edward Bok by Edward Bok
1920 The Life of John Marshall, 4 vols. by Albert J. Beveridge
1919 The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
1918 Benjamin Franklin, Self-Revealed by William Cabell Bruce
1917 Julia Ward Howe by Laura E. Richards and Maude Howe Elliott assisted by Florence Howe Hall

2007 The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
2006 Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
2005 Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
2004 A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
2003 An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
2002 The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
2001 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
2000 Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
1999 Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
1998 Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson
1997 Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove
1996 William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor
1995 No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
1994 No Award
1993 The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
1992 The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely Jr.
1991 A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
1990 In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow
1989 Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson And Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
1988 The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846-1976 by Robert V. Bruce
1987 Voyagers to the West: Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
1986 . . . the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age by Walter A. McDougall
1985 Prophets of Regulation by Thomas K. McCraw
1984 No Award
1983 The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 by Rhys L. Isaac
1982 Mary Chesnut’s Civil War (Yale U. Press) by edited by C. Vann Woodward
1981 American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 by Lawrence A. Cremin
1980 Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack
1979 The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher
1978 The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
1977 The Impending Crisis, 1841-1867 by David M. Potter (Harper), a posthumous publication. Manuscript finished by Don E. Fehrenbacher
1976 Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan
1975 Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V by Dumas Malone
1974 The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin
1973 People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen
1972 Neither Black Nor White by Carl N. Degler
1971 Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns
1970 Present At The Creation: My Years In The State Department by Dean Acheson
1969 Origins of the Fifth Amendment by Leonard W. Levy
1968 The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
1967 Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West by William H. Goetzmann
1966 The Life of the Mind in America by the late Perry Miller
1965 The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger
1964 Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town by Sumner Chilton Powell
1963 Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 by Constance McLaughlin Green
1962 The Triumphant Empire: Thunder-Clouds Gather in the West 1763-1766 by Lawrence H. Gipson
1961 Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference by Herbert Feis
1960 In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech
1959 The Republican Era: l869-1901 by Leonard D. White, with the assistance of Miss Jean Schneider
1958 Banks and Politics in America by Bray Hammond
1957 Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-192O by George F. Kennan
1956 The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter
1955 Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History by Paul Horgan
1954 A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
1953 The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield
1952 The Uprooted by Oscar Handlin
1951 The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 by R. Carlyle Buley
1950 Art and Life in America by Oliver W. Larkin
1949 The Disruption of American Democracy by Roy Franklin Nichols
1948 Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard Devoto
1947 Scientists Against Time by James Phinney Baxter 3rd
1946 The Age of Jackson by Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr.
1945 Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal
1944 The Growth of American Thought by Merle Curti
1943 Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes
1942 Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech
1941 The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 by Marcus Lee Hansen
1940 Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg
1939 A History of American Magazines by Frank Luther Mott
1938 The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900 by Paul Herman Buck
1937 The Flowering of New England 1815-1865 by Van Wyck Brooks
1936 A Constitutional History of the United States by Andrew C. McLaughlin
1935 The Colonial Period of American History by Charles McLean Andrew
1934 The People’s Choice by Herbert Agar
1933 The Significance of Sections in American History by Frederick J. Turner
1932 My Experiences in the World War by John J. Pershing
1931 The Coming of the War 1914 by Bernadotte E. Schmitt
1930 The War of Independence by Claude H. Van Tyne
1929 The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 by Fred Albert Shannon
1928 Main Currents in American Thought, 2 vols. by Vernon Louis Parrington
1927 Pinckney’s Treaty by Samuel Flagg Bemis
1926 A History of the United States by Edward Channing
1925 History of the American Frontier by Frederic L. Paxson
1924 The American Revolution — A Constitutional Interpretation by Charles Howard McIlwain
1923 The Supreme Court in United States History by Charles Warren
1922 The Founding of New England by James Truslow Adams
1921 The Victory at Sea by William Sowden Sims in collaboration with Burton J. Hendrick
1920 The War with Mexico, 2 vols. by Justin H. Smith
1919 No Award
1918 History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 by James Ford Rhodes
1917 With Americans of Past and Present Days by His Excellency J.J. Jusserand, Ambassador of France to the United States

2007 Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
2006 No Award
2005 Doubt, a parable by John Patrick Shanley
2004 I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
2003 Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
2002 Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
2001 Proof by David Auburn
2000 Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
1999 Wit by Margaret Edson
1998 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
1997 No Award
1996 Rent by Jonathan Larson
1995 The Young Man from Atlanta by Horton Foote
1994 Three Tall Women by Edward Albee
1993 Angels in America: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner
1992 The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan
1991 Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon
1990 The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
1989 The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
1988 Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
1987 Fences by August Wilson
1986 No Award
1985 Sunday in the Park With George by Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine
1984 Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
1983 ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman
1982 A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller
1981 Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
1980 Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson
1979 Buried Child by Sam Shepard
1978 The Gin Game by Donald L. Coburn
1977 The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
1976 A Chorus Line by Conceived, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Edward Kleban
1975 Seascape by Edward Albee
1974 No Award
1973 That Championship Season by Jason Miller
1972 No Award
1971 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
1970 No Place To Be Somebody by Charles Gordone
1969 The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler
1968 No Award
1967 A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
1966 No Award
1965 The Subject Was Roses by Frank D. Gilroy
1964 No Award
1963 No Award
1962 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows
1961 All The Way Home by Tad Mosel
1960 Fiorello! by Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott, Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
1959 J. B. by Archibald Macleish
1958 Look Homeward, Angel by Ketti Frings
1957 Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
1956 Diary of Anne Frank by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
1955 Cat on A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
1954 The Teahouse of the August Moon by John Patrick
1953 Picnic by William Inge
1952 The Shrike by Joseph Kramm
1951 No Award
1950 South Pacific by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd and Joshua Logan
1949 Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1948 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
1947 No Award
1946 State of the Union by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay
1945 Harvey by Mary Chase
1944 No Award
1943 The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
1942 No Award
1941 There Shall Be No Night by Robert E. Sherwood
1940 The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan
1939 Abe Lincoln in Illinois by Robert E. Sherwood
1938 Our Town by Thornton Wilder
1937 You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
1936 Idiots Delight by Robert E. Sherwood
1935 The Old Maid by Zoe Akins
1934 Men in White by Sidney Kingsley
1933 Both Your Houses by Maxwell Anderson
1932 Of Thee I Sing by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin
1931 Alison’s House by Susan Glaspell
1930 The Green Pastures by Marc Connelly
1929 Street Scene by Elmer L. Rice
1928 Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill
1927 In Abraham’s Bosom by Paul Green
1926 Craig’s Wife by George Kelly
1925 They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard
1924 Hell-Bent Fer Heaven by Hatcher Hughes
1923 Icebound by Owen Davis
1922 Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill
1921 Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
1920 Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O’Neill
1919 No Award
1918 Why Marry? by Jesse Lynch Williams
1917 No Award

2007 Native Guard by Natasha Tretheway
2006 Late Wife by Claudia Emerson
2005 Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser
2004 Walking to Martha’s Vineyard by Franz Wright
2003 Moy Sand and Gravel by Paul Muldoon
2002 Practical Gods by Carl Dennis
2001 Different Hours by Stephen Dunn
2000 Repair by C.K. Williams
1999 Blizzard of One by Mark Strand
1998 Black Zodiac by Charles Wright
1997 Alive Together: New and Selected Poems by Lisel Mueller
1996 The Dream of the Unified Field by Jorie Graham
1995 The Simple Truth by Philip Levine
1994 Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa
1993 The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck
1992 Selected Poems by James Tate
1991 Near Changes by Mona Van Duyn
1990 The World Doesn’t End by Charles Simic
1989 New and Collected Poems by Richard Wilbur
1988 Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems by William Meredith
1987 Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove
1986 The Flying Change by Henry Taylor
1985 Yin by Carolyn Kizer
1984 American Primitive by Mary Oliver
1983 Selected Poems by Galway Kinnell
1982 The Collected Poems by the late Sylvia Plath (a posthumous publication)
1981 The Morning of the Poem by James Schuyler
1980 Selected Poems by Donald Justice
1979 Now and Then by Robert Penn Warren
1978 Collected Poems by Howard Nemerov
1977 Divine Comedies by James Merrill
1976 Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
1975 Turtle Island by Gary Snyder
1974 The Dolphin by Robert Lowell
1973 Up Country by Maxine Kumin
1972 Collected Poems by James Wright
1971 The Carrier of Ladders by William S. Merwin
1970 Untitled Subjects by Richard Howard
1969 Of Being Numerous by George Oppen
1968 The Hard Hours by Anthony Hecht
1967 Live or Die by Anne Sexton
1966 Selected Poems by Richard Eberhart
1965 77 Dream Songs by John Berryman
1964 At The End Of The Open Road by Louis Simpson
1963 Pictures from Brueghel by the late William Carlos Williams
1962 Poems by Alan Dugan
1961 Times Three: Selected Verse From Three Decades by Phyllis McGinley
1960 Heart’s Needle by W. D. Snodgrass
1959 Selected Poems 1928-1958 by Stanley Kunitz
1958 Promises: Poems 1954-1956 by Robert Penn Warren
1957 Things of This World by Richard Wilbur
1956 Poems – North & South by Elizabeth Bishop
1955 Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens
1954 The Waking by Theodore Roethke
1953 Collected Poems 1917-1952 by Archibald MacLeish
1952 Collected Poems by Marianne Moore
1951 Complete Poems by Carl Sandburg
1950 Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks
1949 Terror and Decorum by Peter Viereck
1948 The Age of Anxiety by W. H. Auden
1947 Lord Weary’s Castle by Robert Lowell
1946 No Award
1945 V-Letter and Other Poems by Karl Shapiro
1944 Western Star by the late Stephen Vincent Benet
1943 A Witness Tree by Robert Frost
1942 The Dust Which Is God by William Rose Benet
1941 Sunderland Capture by Leonard Bacon
1940 Collected Poems by Mark Van Doren
1939 Selected Poems by John Gould Fletcher
1938 Cold Morning Sky by Marya Zaturenska
1937 A Further Range by Robert Frost
1936 Strange Holiness by Robert P. Tristram Coffin
1935 Bright Ambush by Audrey Wurdemann
1934 Collected Verse by Robert Hillyer
1933 Conquistador by Archibald Macleish
1932 The Flowering Stone by George Dillon
1931 Collected Poems by Robert Frost
1930 Selected Poems by Conrad Aiken
1929 John Browns Body by Stephen Vincent Benet
1928 Tristram by Edwin Arlington Robinson
1927 Fiddler’s Farewell by Leonora Speyer
1926 What’s O’Clock by the late Amy Lowell
1925 The Man Who Died Twice by Edwin Arlington Robinson
1924 New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes by Robert Frost
1923 Collected Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson


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