The Pulitzer Prize, which has been awarded since 1917 to honor excellence in journalism and the arts, announced its 2023 winners in the early hours of May 9 IST. The annual award recognizes achievements in 23 categories across journalism, books, drama, and music. Here are the winners of the Pulitzer Prize 2023 in the categories of Books, Drama, and Music.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for Fiction
Barbara Kingsolver and Hernan Diaz share the Pulitzer Prize 2023 for Fiction. Kingsolver won for “Demon Copperhead,” a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic “David Copperfield,” while Diaz won for “Trust,” a story set in bygone America that explores the themes of family, wealth, and ambition.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for Memoir or Autobiography
“Stay True” by Hua Hsu was awarded the Pulitzer Prize 2023 in the Memoir or Autobiography category. This touching account delves into the complexities of intense youthful relationships and the unforeseen violence that can upend the trajectory of our lives. The narrative elegantly portrays how personal histories are often subject to unexpected twists and turns.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for General Non-fiction
Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa’s “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” won the Pulitzer Prize 2023 in the General Non-fiction category. Through its pages, readers are given a deeply personal and captivating glimpse into the life of George Floyd, whose tragic death at the hands of police in 2020 served as a catalyst for a global movement toward social justice. The book offers a powerful and moving portrayal of his story, shedding light on the man behind the headlines and illuminating the systemic issues that have plagued the United States for generations.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for Biography
Beverly Gage won the Pulitzer Prize 2023 in the Biography category for her work “The Legacy of J. Edgar Hoover.” Her work challenges readers to grapple with the complex and often conflicting forces that shaped Hoover’s life, and to reconsider their understanding of one of the most powerful men in modern American history.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for Poetry
The coveted Pulitzer Prize 2023 for Poetry was awarded to Carl Phillips for his inspiring and thought-provoking book “Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020.” His collection of poems offers readers a window into the complexities of contemporary American culture as it grapples with a range of issues, including politics, the pandemic, and the changing global community. Through his vivid and evocative poetry, Phillips captures the zeitgeist of the moment and provides readers with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for History
Jefferson Cowie won the Pulitzer Prize 2023 for History for “Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power.” The book provides a resonant account of an Alabama county in the 19th and 20th centuries shaped by settler colonialism and slavery and illustrates the evolution of white supremacy by drawing powerful connections between anti-government and racist ideologies.
Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for Drama
Sanaz Toossi’s play “English” has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize 2023 for Drama. This theatrical production showcases the lives of four Iranian adults as they study for an English proficiency exam in a small school situated in a storefront near the bustling city of Tehran. As they navigate the challenges of family separations and travel restrictions, they also confront questions of identity and the possibility of a new life. With its poignant insights into the human experience and its exploration of the complexities of language and culture, “English” is a deserving winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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Pulitzer Prize 2023 Winner for Music
Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels won the Pulitzer Prize 2023 for Music for their album “Omar,” an innovative and compelling opera about enslaved people brought to North America from Muslim countries.
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