Monday, April 17, 2006

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

Literature Prizes awarded today include:

For Fiction

March by Geraldine Brooks. Not to be confused with E. L. Doctorow's novel by the same title, which was also nominated for a Pulitzer-
In a story inspired by the father character in "Little Women" and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa May Alcott's father, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his beliefs challenged by his experiences.
Reading Group Guide

For Biography
American Prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. A portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, discusses his role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his roles as family man and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies. This book also was a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

For General Non-fiction
Imperial Reckoning the untold story of the end of empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
Reveals how the British colonial government detained more than one million members of Kenya's largest ethnic minority in prisons and work camps where many met their deaths as a result of a British attempt to stop the Mau Mau uprising.

For a complete list of prizes and nominations: