Donna Tartt Wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Goldfinch'
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch (LitReactor review), a work that has been met with considerable critical and commercial success, has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, according to the Pulitzer foundation's site.
The committee cited The Goldfinch as "a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart" as reason for choosing the work, which blends art history and family drama.
Prizes for nonfiction works went to Alan Taylor for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, Megan Marshall for Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, and Dan Fagin for Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.
All the winners are given a customary $10,000 for the award, but the ability to put "Winner of The Pulitzer Prize" on the cover trumps any cash the author may receive from the foundation.
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