One-Minute Book Reviews

April 18, 2011

‘The Great Gatsby’ and Other Books That Didn’t Win the Pulitzer

Filed under: Book Awards,News,Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 10:22 am
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Perhaps the most perversely elite club in American literature consists of the great novels that didn’t win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the members: Main Street, The Great Gatsby and For Whom the Bell Tolls. A list of other losers and the books that defeated them appears here. The winners of the 2011 Pulitzers will be announced today at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Using the statistical technique of regression analysis, a research scientist and book collector have predicted that Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad will win the fiction prize, finishing just ahead of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule. A list of their 16 books most likely to receive the award appears at


  1. No, but I’d like to …

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — April 23, 2011 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  2. The Great Gatsby wasn’t considered great when it came out. See its Google n-grams chart at . It was a novel about disillusionment with the American dream, published in the middle of the Roaring 20’s. Of course it didn’t win the Pulitzer. It had to wait for more people to become disillusioned with the American dream before it “became great”.

    Comment by baddhorse — May 9, 2017 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

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