And The Winner Of The 2012 Pulitzer For Fiction Is... Nobody?
via Los Angeles Times:
The 2012 Pulitzers for books were just announced. The three finalists in the fiction category were:
- Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
And the winner? Nobody!
Since it was founded in 1918, the Pulitzer for fiction has been withheld nine other times, most recently in 1977.
The Twittersphere is explodifying over the news. It seems as though the panel of judges couldn't muster a majority vote on any one of finalists, though because I'm getting that information from Twitter, I allow it could be wrong.
Here were the other book prizes awarded by the committee:
- Biography to John Lewis Gaddis for George F. Kennan: An American Life
- History to Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
- General nonfiction to The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
- Poetry to Tracy K. Smith for Life on Mars
What do you think, folks? Does this rob the fiction publishing industry of credibility, as some have proffered? Or is it much ado about nothing?
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