The Great Gatsby didn’t win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and neither did these modern classics
By Janice Harayda
Consider this if your favorite book doesn’t win one of the Pulitzer prizes that will be announced at 3 p.m. today: The judges for the 1930 prize looked at Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and gave the fiction award to … Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge. And those classics are hardly alone in having been snubbed. Some noteworthy losers and the novels that won the Pulitzer instead in the years listed:
Loser: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Winner: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
Loser: Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Winner: The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
Loser: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Winner: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
Loser: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Winner: Nobody. No award given.
Loser: Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Winner: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Losers: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Winner: Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
Loser: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Winner: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Loser: The Great Gatsby
Winner: Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
Loser: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Winner: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
This is a re-post in slightly different form of an article that appeared on this site in 2007.
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