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Colson Whitehead wins the 2020 Pulitzer for The Nickel Boys

08/05/2020

The Nickel Boys is Colson Whitehead’s second Pulitzer Prize for fiction: “A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption”. Whitehead won for Underground Railroad in 2017, a rare achievement and honour to win the prestigious prize twice.

Other 2020 Pulitzer winners are Sweet Taste of Liberty: a True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel for the history category, and Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser for biography.  The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin won for general nonfiction.  For a complete list of winners see the Pulitzer website:

https://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2020

 

Image: The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: Sweet Taste of Liberty

Sweet Taste of Liberty

A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America
By McDaniel, W. Caleb
Image: Sontag

Sontag

Her Life and Work
By Moser, Benjamin
Image: The End of the Myth

The End of the Myth

From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
By Grandin, Greg